Important work to be done? Leave it till Tuesday

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Tuesday has been named the best day to tackle tricky tasks according to a new survey by Accountemps. Of more than 300 HR managers quizzed by the recruitment company, 39% ranked Tuesday as the most productive day of the week, followed by Monday on 24%

Thursday and Friday were deemed the least productive with each day only receiving three per cent each of the response.

"Many workers spend Monday catching up from the previous week and planning the one ahead," Max Messmer, Accountemps chairman stated. "On Tuesday, employees may begin to have time to focus on individual tasks and become more productive. The goal should be to maintain the positive momentum established on Tuesday throughout the week."

Tuesday has consistently been ranked as the most productive day since the firm began holding productivity surveys in 1987. Friday has unfailingly taken last place.

Other productivity findings from Accountemps survey include:
  • By 4pm workers have mentally check out. Of those asked 37% said 4pm to 6pm was the least productive time of day followed by 2pm to 4pm (28%). Accountemps recommends focusing on critical tasks in the morning for optimum productivity and avoiding late afternoon meetings.
  • Employees are more productive after a holiday with 51% indicating so, while 31% say they are more productive after a break.
  • 10am to noon on a Tuesday following a holiday is the most productive time and day for employees.
Accountemps recommends the following five tips to boost productivity and make every day like Tuesday:
  1. Axe the excess. Create a to-do list for the day then cut it in half; focusing on the top priorities. Workers often overestimate what they can accomplish and become frustrated by their lack of progress. A shorter, more realistic list that leaves room for unexpected projects and setbacks is better for productivity.
  2. Aim for quality, not quantity. While multitasking seems like a good way to increase productivity it often leads to oversights and errors. Repeatedly switching from one project to another also slows you down, try to focus on one item at a time.
  3. Know your prime time. Work out when you are most productive and use that time to tackle critical or challenging assignments. Save less-pressing tasks, like online research, for when your energy level starts to wane.
  4. Dodge derailers. When working on important assignments, you can increase productivity by turning off mobile devices and signing out of email and social media. Prevent interruptions by politely informing your colleagues you don't want to be disturbed.
  5. Explore apps. Look into the wide selection of software that is specifically designed to increase productivity. Digital calendars, task management apps and other time-saving programs can help you keep track of projects, meet deadlines and be more productive.

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