Tuesday is the most productive day in the work week, according to a 2013 survey of managers. Tuesday is thought to be most productive because workers are able to begin new work after using Monday to catch up on any work that was not completed the previous week. Thursdays and Fridays are considered equally as the least productive days in the work week, which may be due to employees losing motivation toward the end of the week, as well as overestimating how much work they can do. The study also found that the week after a vacation is considered the most productive overall time period for employees.
More about productivity:
- Research has shown that people are typically most productive during late morning because of the body’s temperature increasing, which leads to improved cognitive function.
- Physical tasks are more effectively accomplished midday, as the muscles and lungs are at their strongest capacity at around 5:00 pm.
- Multitasking has been found to decrease productivity by up to 40% compared to sticking with one task before moving into the next.