TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Why tackle today what can be put off until
Tuesday? In a new survey, 53 per cent of executives said Tuesday is the most
productive day of the week for employees, followed by Wednesday at
19 per cent. Monday followed close behind, but appears to be losing favour.
Only 18 per cent of respondents ranked Monday as the most productive day of
the week, compared to 21 per cent surveyed in 2001.
The poll includes responses from 100 senior Canadian executives --
including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments. It
was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps,
the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary
accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.
Executives were asked, "In your opinion, on which day of the week are
employees generally most productive?" Their responses:
Monday............................ 18% 21%
Tuesday........................... 53% 54%
Wednesday......................... 19% 15%
Thursday.......................... 3% 2%
Friday............................ 2% 2%
Don't know/no answer.............. 5% 6%
"In addition to serving as a 'catch-up' day after the weekend, Monday is
when many regularly scheduled meetings occur, which can decrease the time
available to complete tasks," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and
author of Managing Your Career For Dummies(R) (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Many
view Tuesday as an opportunity to focus their efforts and establish momentum
for the rest of the week."
Accountemps offers the following advice for maintaining a high level of
productivity throughout the entire week:
- Make a plan. Spend 10 to 15 minutes at the beginning of each day
mapping out your desired accomplishments. Prioritize the tasks that
are most important to the business.
- Sharpen your focus. People are more productive when working for an
extended period in the same mental mode, as opposed to changing gears
frequently. Try to cluster tasks that require similar effort or
resources in the same time frame.
- Limit distractions. It can be tempting to review e-mail each time a
message arrives. However, unless your job requires an immediate
response, it's often best to check your inbox periodically throughout
- Don't delay. Even peak performers occasionally put off working on
unpleasant or overwhelming assignments. One effective way to overcome
procrastination is to break a project into smaller, more manageable
- Recharge. Taking short breaks throughout the day can help you
replenish your energy and fight fatigue.
Accountemps has more than 360 offices throughout North America, Europe
and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at
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