Our busiest moment of the week -- 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays
That's the conclusion of researchers at the British-based health supplement company Bimuno, which polled 3,000 adults to see when they're at their busiest. I can't say that the revelation is surprising, but it is interesting.
Most of the British residents polled feel that we wind up coasting through Monday because we're mentally still in the weekend. But by Tuesday, we're in the work zone, and worse, we're making up for all the time we lost on Monday. And by 11:45 a.m., that's the moment when everyone seems to have the sinking realization that not only are they completely swamped, they just may have to work through lunch and possible stay on the job into the evening.
Of course, I can't help but wonder how someone who works in retail or manufacturing or somewhere that they can't lose themselves in their computer feel about this (10% of those polled said that they were to blame in part for their procrastination because they spent too much time on Facebook on Mondays).
In my early '20s, I had some jobs as a waiter and a clerk at a bookstore, among other work stints, and so I know from experience that it's next to impossible to zone out too much in those jobs, at least if your place of employment is busy. I'm guessing those workers won't have much sympathy for office employees who are losing their minds at 11:45 a.m. on a Tuesday. In fact, it might be a good time to call those friends and good-naturedly rib them -- or, in fact, invite them to lunch for some ribs.
But as someone who does work at his computer, I'm trying to figure out how I can best use this information. On one hand, this may mean that it's better not to email or call someone you hope to work with on a Tuesday. They may just be too busy to answer you or pick up the phone.
On the other hand, there's that saying that if you want something done, ask a busy person. It may just be that contacting someone at 11:45 a.m. on a Tuesday will mean that you're catching them at their adrenaline-charged, most productive moments.
While I'm still mulling that over, my takeaway from this study is that it's definitely better not go trying to chase VIPs in your career on Monday mornings, unless you can send them a message through Facebook.