If you have a big project, or you just want to make time to get some work done, a new survey says that Tuesday is the day to clear your calendar and try to get things done—it's the one day of the week we all buckle down and try to be most productive.
To a certain extent, it makes sense: No one likes Mondays, and people are likely to drag and force themselves to get back into the swing of things after having been off for a weekend. Fridays are the tail end of the week when most of us are winding down and making plans for our time off, and Wednesday, being hump day, is a long slog no matter what.
That leaves Tuesdays and Thursdays, and according to a survey or over 300 HR managers by staffing firm Accountemps, Tuesdays are the days people really turn it on:
In the survey of more than 300 Canadian human resources managers, 33 per cent said productivity accelerated on Tuesdays versus the least productive Thursdays and Fridays, which polled in at 5 and 6 per cent, respectively.
Wednesdays were the next most productive according to 23 per cent, while Mondays rated a 14 per cent response and no particular day drew 18 per cent.
“There’s limiting distractions,” said Accountemps senior staffing manager Vitaly Melnik of the midweek peak. Accountemps
“You’ve got your head focused after the weekend is over; you’ve caught up on everything; and you can do your regular work schedule most effectively. Then, after the hump of the Wednesday, come Thursday, Friday, you’re already thinking about the weekend. ”
The firm worked with large and small companies, both local and international, to try and get an idea of how people worked across the board, but the results were fairly consistent.
Still, it's important to note that this is by no means a scientific study—just a survey of people whose job it is to keep an eye on workplace productivity. Still, if their results match up with your own experiences where you work, it might be a good idea to set aside your Tuesdays for the work you most dread doing.