Managing your time effectively is very individual and so it’s impossible to tell a person which days and times they will be able to work most effectively.
However, there are patterns that you can look at and see if you’re the same as most other people when it comes to working. If you’re trying to work out a timetable in order to help yourself work as efficiently as possible, there are several things you should take into consideration and think about first of all.
Tip 1: Identify Which Times You Work Best
Some people find that they’re alive and ready to work first thing in the morning. However, other people find that it takes them several hours before they’re properly “awake” at around lunchtime. Others find that they work best in the evening or even late into the night. Discovering which category you fit into can help you to work as effectively as possible.
If you’re self-employed, you can usually organize your time yourself and choose which hours you work, so you could decide to work during the hours that you find your brain is most active.
Tip 2: Identify the Days of the Week You Work Best
Monday mornings are tiresome for the vast majority of people, although lots of people find that they can work particularly well on a Monday because of the break they have had over the weekend. Others find that Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days for them, as they’ve had two days already to “warm up” and get into the swing of things. It’s very rare that Friday is a good day for anyone, but it’s not completely unheard of, as some people work better because they know the weekend is upon them. Keeping all this in mind, let’s create our working calendar!
Tip 3: Look at Statistics
Statistics show that most people work best between 9 and 11 a.m. Most people work worst between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., possibly because they are getting tired and are anticipating their lunch break. After the lunch break, the average person’s concentration rises by 10 percent, before dropping again after 6 p.m.
Working on Monday
Monday marks the start of a new week, and so it makes sense to start new projects on Mondays. Start work again after a nice break during the weekend and kick-start yourself by beginning a new project. Set yourself a target (perhaps the end of that week or the week after, depending on the size of the project) to help you stay on track during the week.
Working on Tuesday
You’ve already been working one day, and Tuesday is usually the day that most people get back into things. People have reported that Tuesday is a good day for business meetings, as most people are still quite refreshed and energized from the weekend, but they’ve been able to plan and get things ready on Monday, the day before.
Working on Wednesday
Wednesday is the middle of the week and the day that people tend to get fed up with the daily tasks. Try to make Wednesday a bit more interesting by launching new products, meeting new people or making that important weekly business trip. A change of scenery is a great idea for refreshing yourself and giving you the energy you need to finish off the week.
Working on Thursday
As the end of the week draws near, there are mixed emotions of excitement and slight panic, especially if you need to complete things by Friday. When deciding which days to allocate to certain tasks, you could make Thursday the day that you start finishing off and wrapping up anything that needs to be completed by the end of the week. Think about how much easier Friday will be if you get things done in good time, and that may give you the motivation that you need to move forward and work efficiently.
Working on Friday
Friday is everyone’s favorite day of the week, and as the weekend approaches, there’s usually either a lot to do or very little to do. If you need to finish things by the end of the day, make that your priority so that you don’t fall behind and have extra work to do when you return to the work place the following Monday.
If you have little to do, Friday is the perfect day for planning the next week. Plan the new projects that you need to start on Monday and maybe even get a head start before you finish and leave for the weekend.
Sonia Tracy works as the content editor for PsPrint‘s blog and website, and manages the company’s social media networks.