No one would have guessed this right!
Nobody likes Mondays, and most people are in a slump when the week starts. They look everywhere possible for the tiniest bit of motivation, but in vain. Does this describe you, too? Well, it turns out that Mondays are actually best to get some work done and be absolutely productive, as hard as it is to believe.
The conclusion was drawn based on a recent poll, where it was found that Monday at 10:54 a.m. is the day and time of the week that Americans say they’re the most productive, according to TODAY. Shocking isn't it?
The online survey, by Moneypenny, gathered answers from about 2,000 U.S. adults for the question: "Based on the days you work, per week, what day are you most productive? And based on your answer to the previous question, what time of day are you most productive?" While they found Monday to be most productive, it was revealed that the weekends saw people least motivated, given how most of them have the weekend off from work.
“Because you’ve stepped away for a couple of days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week,” workplace and productivity expert Lynn Taylor told CNBC. She says this is the reason she advises managers to not schedule meetings on Monday mornings. Since the employees are at their peak productive stage, it's best to utilize that, than to call them in for a discussion.
"The vast majority of industries agree that Monday is the most productive day of the week – including finance, law, healthcare, and marketing; whereas sales are the only industry that thinks Friday is the most productive day of the week."
In fact, people only come back stronger on Monday, after completely disengaging on the weekends, entrepreneur Jeff Shore argued. "When I take an entire weekend off, I am a beast on Monday morning," he wrote. "I do my most creative work on Mondays when my brain enjoyed a full weekend off from work. Get ready for a huge productivity boost."
When asked how the respondents try to increase their productivity, "50% of respondents said they try to get a good night’s sleep to be more productive at work. More than a third, 35%, take regular breaks and 30% eat nutritious foods." This was followed by taking breaks during the day, along with some good old coffee. The standard seemed to be two cups of coffee for that energy boost!
"So, if you find you’re struggling to finish that task that’s been on your to-do list for the whole week, get a good night’s sleep on Sunday evening, grab a cup of coffee (or two!) first thing Monday morning, and get it sorted at 10:54 am."
Now that you know how to get rid of your Monday Blues, are you looking forward to next week?
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