My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..

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My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..

• It is... (Score:1)

by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:34AM (#34523008)

Tomorrow.

Until then, I will keep surfing slashdot while at work. :)

• Re:It is... (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:17PM (#34527086) Homepage Journal

So sorry you have to work on Saturday.

• Re:It is... (Score:2)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @03:31AM (#34527658)
while (today != tomorrow) { visit_site(slashdot); } do_work();
• Re:It is... (Score:5, Insightful)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @05:25AM (#34527858) Journal

Well, since in C and C++, the order of evaluation is not specified, it's perfectly possible that in this statement, tomorrow is evaluated before today. If in addition it happens that the day changes exactly in between those evaluations, both will give the same day, resulting in the while condition to give false. So there's a slight chance that you'll actually do work eventually; however the bad news is that you'll have to work right after midnight.

• After midnight works for me... (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @10:58AM (#34534116)

... So there's a slight chance that you'll actually do work eventually; however the bad news is that you'll have to work right after midnight.

Unfortunately I seem to be my most focussed after midnight, so that would actually work for me. Totally messes with my social life and circadian rhythms. Actually, my circadian rhythms seem to be pre-messed.

• Re:It is... (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @04:28PM (#34538462) Journal

We take the server down between 11:30 pm and 12:30 am for maintenance.

• Re:It is... (Score:2)

on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @12:41AM (#34542986) Homepage
However, today and tomorrow are both variables so their value is set at some point before the while statement and never changes (unless the "visit_site()" function sets their value). So there's very little chance of actually doing work.
• Towards the end of the week (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:42AM (#34523038)

Weekend always screws it up, and I have to start over ramping up from monday.

• Re:Towards the end of the week (Score:5, Interesting)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:46AM (#34523388) Homepage Journal
Saturdays(when I work 'em) are my most productive day. I can use my coworkers' workbenches and resources as staging areas for my own work. Nobody gets in my way. Other departments' resources are also freed, so I don't have to put in any annoying requests and wait in a queue to use specialized equipment. The bosses aren't coming up to me and putting me on their last-minute pet projects. I can slack off more if I want to, because nobody's watching me. The overtime is always good to have and going out of one's way to work weekends always looks good to the bosses. All that while hung over from Friday night.

Mondays are a different story. This Monday is the 13th. UGH, man!
• Re:Towards the end of the week (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:42PM (#34524074) Journal
Why did the parent post get modded down? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
• Re:Towards the end of the week (Score:5, Funny)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @11:01PM (#34531724)

Someone let the PHB have mod points.

• Re:Towards the end of the week (Score:5, Interesting)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @09:19PM (#34526672) Homepage Journal

Someone should do some kind of mix between horror movies and Office Space, you already got the name for the movie: "Monday the 13th".

• Re:Towards the end of the week (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @11:13AM (#34534246)
Whoa now, you just can't give Hollywood good ideas like that, they might start turning around their decline.
• Re:Towards the end of the week (Score:3)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @10:40PM (#34542434)

I find weekend overtime work is the most productive also. All the useless dead weight overhead is gone so all I have to do is work. I don't have to answer any stupid questions, jump through hoops to put out fires and all the other inane things bosses find to keep me from getting work done. It's amazing that one weekend generally produces more work than 4 weekdays and I don't have to work nearly as hard.

• Sunday (Score:3)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:40PM (#34523716) Journal
For work Mondays always seemed to be packed with meetings so it's pretty unproductive IMO. Sunday though, is the most productive day in terms of the things *I* want to accomplish, as opposed to work I do for someone else. I just never have the time or motivation in the evenings during the week, so when Sunday rolls around, I know I have to hurry if I want to get everything done.
• Re:Sunday (Score:3, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 11, 2010 @02:15PM (#34524254)

The Monday work meetings is quite a phenomonen globally. So much so, that at where I work we figured that because all our clients were also having internal meetings on Mondays they would not call us, making Mondays very productive coding days with very little disturbances.

We shifted our own internal meetings to mid week. Our clients would always start having problems on Thurdays/Fridays when they couldn't hit their Monday's meeting targets at the end of the week due to there own disturbance problems. Because we did most of our real work at the beginning of the week uninterrupted, we could go into client "damage" control at the end of the week with no stress.

Our phase shift meeting system works perfectly with your predictable behaviour.

• Depends on employer (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:48AM (#34523078)

Either they can unleash me as a fury out of hell on the problems, or they can tie down with administrative shitty tasks. They seem to prefer the later.

• Re:Depends on employer (Score:5, Insightful)

<boaworm@gmail.com> on Monday December 13, 2010 @04:43AM (#34532590) Homepage Journal

Yes, definitely a missing option:

Any day without meetings!

• Re:Depends on employer (Score:2)

on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @03:02PM (#34564226)

Show me a day without meetings first. I don't believe they actually exist anymore.

• Mr Krabs said it best: (Score:5, Insightful)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:54AM (#34523116) Journal
Squidward: "I thought the most important rule was 'Why do today what you can put off 'till tomorrow?' Aha Aha!"

Mr. Krabs: "What is today but yesterday's tomorrow?"

Not that I ever listen to that advice.

• Re:Mr Krabs said it best: (Score:4, Funny)

<tim@@@wooferhound...com> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @02:37PM (#34524406) Homepage
Why put off until tomorrow,
the things that you aren't going to do in the first place . . .
• Re:Mr Krabs said it best: (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:10PM (#34526914)
Why do tomorrow what you can do tonight!
• Re:Mr Krabs said it best: (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:08PM (#34527066)
Why put off until tomorrow, if you can avoid it today?
• Re:Mr Krabs said it best: (Score:2)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @01:54PM (#34529494) Homepage
Why put something off until tomorrow when you can just as easily put it off for good?

Except things like meals, surgery, bathroom visits, etc.. Wouldn't want to put those things off. :)
• Re:Mr Krabs said it best: (Score:2)

on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @07:58AM (#34544768)

Why put off 'till tomorrow what you can put off today?

• Yesterday (Score:5, Funny)

<thegreentrilby.gmail@com> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:57AM (#34523124) Homepage
Yesterday is consistently my most productive day. I almost always feel like I did more the day before today.
• Re:Yesterday (Score:5, Insightful)

by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:41PM (#34523720)
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
• Re:Yesterday (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @09:20PM (#34526680) Homepage Journal

The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.

• Re:Yesterday (Score:2)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @10:26PM (#34531598) Journal

Well, there are days that I care more (or care a little less than usual, in any case) than others.

As a consultant, Mondays are travel days - while I am a little productive, I pretty much wrap everything I need on Sunday nights, so Mondays are rather tiresome. And Monday nights, I pretty much conk the heck out fairly early, and wake up bright and early on Tuesday.

Tuesdays tend to be long, but that's fine cause everyone's well rested and a lot gets done. Wednesdays, by virtue of being the middle of the week, aren't bad but no one stays very late (not past 8-9 at the latest).

Thursdays, of course, are travel days for some of us (some on Wednesdays, others on Fridays - but neither are too common). So, while you get some work done, you are in a happier mood cause you get to go home. Fridays are mildly productive, but they are mostly spent catching up on personal stuff, administrative tasks etc (since that's the only day you're home when the world is working).

And Saturdays and Sundays are spent relaxing with the girl and the dogs, and just getting caught up on sleep and personal things of interest. Come Sunday night, I'm insomniac again since I've a lot to get done by Monday and a 6 AM flight to catch.

So, Sunday evenings and Tuesdays are my most productive times/day respectively. Except when I decide to go out drinking or something. =)

• Re:Yesterday (Score:4, Insightful)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @11:44AM (#34534576) Homepage Journal
Wow..working Sunday nights? Working some nights (not late?) till 8-9pm??

Ouch!!

How many hours a week do you work? I can understand what sounds like long hours if you're working for yourself, but if for someone else...not me. I do 40 hours weeks, and that's it. ON the occasional extra time during crunches, I'll work what it takes, but I WILL get paid for it. I don't work for free.

My free time is the MOST important time to me.

• Re:Yesterday (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:25PM (#34537190) Journal

Depends on your job/industry, I guess. I typically do 60 hours on average on a good week. A light week is 50; holiday weeks are 40ish. And then there are the 100-120 hour weeks. Fortunately, I've only had to do a handful of those - and when they do happen, they are a nightmare. This is pretty average in management consulting. In fact, I'd argue that IT consulting has the same (or worse) hours with poorer pay, which is unfortunate. I-Banking/PE/Big Law tend to be worse, average 60 and 80s/100s being fairly common, but they get compensated for it.

You know the bummer of the whole deal, though? I go to school part-time, which is a nightmare when finals/assignment week(s) coincide with a heavy work week.

That said, I really don't mind the hours - I've found that the more busy I am, the better I manage my time. When I was working 40 hour weeks, I was always complaining about how little time I had for things to do. With 60 hour weeks, I actually have learned to manage my time better - and prioritize things that I truly consider important.

• Re:Yesterday (Score:2)

<`dadinportland' `at' `yahoo.com'> on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @01:39PM (#34548462) Homepage Journal

In 1990s I did software consulting. 120 an hour, 40 a week.

These days I make a lot less, but I have great health benefits, time off and I work 4 tens.

• Re:Yesterday (Score:2)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @07:27AM (#34528046) Journal

that's an e^(-x) trend - decreasing very fast :)

• procrastination (Score:3)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:11AM (#34523174)

"Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow"

• Re:procrastination (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:13AM (#34523184) Homepage

Yeah. I'd better start procrastinating now, or I'll never be done with it.

• Re:procrastination (Score:3)

<slashdot2@@@gdargaud...net> on Sunday December 12, 2010 @01:53PM (#34529480) Homepage
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso
But then again:
"Don't waste time... procrastinate now!"
"I wrote a todo list. Now I can procrastinate more efficiently."
"Work is punishment for failing to procrastinate effectively." -- Tink
And the classic: "What are you doing?" "Nothing" "But weren't you already doing nothing yesterday?" "Yes, and I wasn't finished"
• Re:procrastination (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:25PM (#34523624) Homepage
There's a very good reason why procrastination is never a good strategy for getting things done. I'm rather busy right now though, so I'll type it up and post it tomorrow.
• Re:procrastination (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:58PM (#34523826)

Never put off til tomorrow what you can put off indefinitely.

• Re:procrastination (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:12PM (#34523902)

Hard work pays off in the long run, but laziness pays off now.

• Re:procrastination (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @02:21PM (#34536364)

"Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow"

Actually that is a mis-quote... The correct axiom is:

"Never do today what you can put off until it no longer needs to be done."

-=Geoskd

• Re:procrastination (Score:2)

on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @11:48AM (#34546706)

What a slacker. I waited until today to post this resposne.

• Blernsday (Score:2)

<kvance@kvanc[ ]om ['e.c' in gap]> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:31AM (#34523286) Homepage

I prefer adding extra days to the calendar [tviv.org] when behind schedule.

• Wait a minute... (Score:1)

<johannesmozart@gmail.com> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:57AM (#34523464)
Productive?
• Re:Wait a minute... (Score:5, Funny)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @11:57AM (#34528930) Homepage Journal

Yep, productive.
As in "I bonk my wife on Sundays, and have produced four kids so far, ergo Sunday is my most productive day".
Or "I scheduled a six-hour meeting on Monday on "Augmenting Core Strategies with Meetings", and this will produce more ulcers than usual; ergo Monday is my most productive day".

• under siege (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:26PM (#34523638)
My most productive day in the week, is when the week is the finals week. And the day is the night before the final.
• Re:under siege (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @04:50PM (#34525324)
Tomorrow is going to be the longest day in the history. Because when it's over, everything has to be finished.
• Missing option: the day before the deadline (Score:5, Insightful)

<profcalc4@@@gmail...com> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:36PM (#34523690)

Although, I suppose tomorrow is pretty close to this...

• Re:Missing option: the day before the deadline (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @05:22AM (#34532672)

If the "The day before the deadline" is your most productive day, then you and your manager aren't doing their jobs right.

• Today is Saturday (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:09PM (#34523888)
"Sunday" is currently last.

Do we expect it to surge ahead tomorrow, or drop further behind?

• Monday.... (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:17PM (#34523950)
I get all the work that backed up on the weekend from certain departments not being open. Definitely my most productive day.
• Even vs Odd (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:21PM (#34523972)

It seems from the poll results that the even days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) are more productive than the odd ones.

• Re:Even vs Odd (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:37PM (#34524050) Homepage

If you ask me, Sun/Tues/Thurs/Satur are odd days

• Re:Even vs Odd (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @02:24PM (#34524326) Journal

If you ask me, Sun/Tues/Thurs/Satur are odd days

If you ask me, any day I'm productive at work is an odd day.

• Re:Even vs Odd (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @12:22AM (#34531988)

I'm constantly playing catch-up during the week, Mon-Fri. However, Sat & Sun, there is no need for customer service/support. Therefore, on the weekends, you can get some quiet time in to do some real work, instead of just treading water.

This works best if you're self-employed.

• Re:Even vs Odd (Score:4, Funny)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @04:02PM (#34525040) Homepage

Thursday is definitely an odd day. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

• Re:Even vs Odd (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @12:50AM (#34532048) Journal

They're only the odd days every other week.

• Weekends (Score:4, Insightful)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:38PM (#34524056) Homepage

I am most productive on Saturdays and Sundays because I have to go to my job Mondays–Fridays, which prevents me from getting much of anything interesting or worthwhile done on those days.

• With my schedule.... (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:40PM (#34524062) Journal
I have Sunday and Monday off, Tuesday would be my most productive day except that my Tuesday is like most people's Monday. Otherwise, my most productive "day" is actually Friday night or Saturday day when most of my work gets done. My industry is vaguely hospitality related in that it has to do with entertainment which happens mostly on weekends.
• Re:With my schedule.... (Score:5, Informative)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:41PM (#34524068) Journal
And no, I'm not a male stripper.
• Re:With my schedule.... (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @06:18PM (#34525792)
A clothing technician? (Although that seems to imply someone who repairs wardrobe malfunctions.)
• Re:With my schedule.... (Score:3)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @10:53PM (#34531692) Journal
Ah! One of those rare slashdot females! Although I'm kind of surprised that your mom let you out of the basement to go strip. To each her own, I guess.
• Re:With my schedule.... (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @02:27PM (#34536424)
Pimp?
• Re:With my schedule.... (Score:2)

<`dadinportland' `at' `yahoo.com'> on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @01:41PM (#34548504) Homepage Journal

I think it's safe to say that none would assume a poster on /. is a male stripper. I just assume you collect tickets and the cinema.

• Late Friday (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:56PM (#34524158)
After everyone else has left the office late on a Friday, and I've already worked into my second wind, I'll often get 40% of my week's work done and head home around 8 or 9 PM.
• Re:Late Friday (Score:2)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @08:51PM (#34531226) Homepage Journal
For me it was a toss up between Wednesday and Friday. Friday for the same reason as you state. Everyone else leaves early, which means I can work uninterrupted.
Thursday is out because I have three meetings. Monday is out because on Monday we end up processing all the work that came in for the whole weekend. Tuesday is out because we end up processing the work that came in after somebody else processed all the work that came in over the weekend. So Wednesday turns out to be a pretty light day compared to the other days. Friday is a heavier day, but since everybody leaves early, I can get my work done.
• Missing Option: (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @02:22PM (#34524314) Journal
None of the above.

I work for the government you insensitive clod!
• Re:Missing Option: (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @05:03PM (#34525394)
I was hoping for a cowboyneal option myself...
• Busiest days. (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @03:01PM (#34524544) Homepage Journal

It seems like Wednesdays, aka hump days, are the busiest days for me. I am not sure if they are productive. Sometimes Tuesdays and Fridays (shouldn't they be slow like Mondays?) get crazy too. :)

• Tomorrow (Score:1)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @03:06PM (#34524584)
Tomorrow is my most productive day. It's when I do everything!
• I'll cut the grass tomorrow.
• I'll fix the sink tomorrow.
• I'll finish that report tomorrow.
• Tommorrow or yesterday (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @03:59PM (#34525032)

Its hard to say which day is most productive for me, because it is so variable.

I start work at 7am everyday which is 1.5 to 2 hours before anyone else in my team because I am back at university part time. Some days I finish early some times I do a full day's work. Currently uni is out so I am wroking full time.

Usually I get a lot done during these early hours if I do not need to consult with anyone on any matters. Starting early is really useful as I work with a lot of gas baggers that get off-topic really quickly and when they are not off-topic they are really distracting.

However starting early means I need to have lunch early and if it is too early, the day really drags in the afternoon during my full days.

I'd like to say I would be much more productive if I had my own office and I put this to my team leader (halfway jokingly and halfway serious) at my performance review last Friday.

The other problem however is that I am still expect to take my lunch breach close

• Thursday (Score:1)

<exuvo@unlogic.se> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @05:20PM (#34525480)
Easily Thursdays as i have most of the day off (from school) and can actually work on something I want done.
• To paraphrase an old Russian saying (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @05:56PM (#34525678)
The optimist considers today to be the best day, the pessimist fears he is correct.
• Missing option (Score:3)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @07:12PM (#34526076) Homepage Journal

Febturday! [jt.org]

• Saturday (Score:2)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:08PM (#34526910)

If you define productivity as "amount of beer consumed" (which I do)

• Re:Saturday (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @08:46AM (#34533204)

that would be consumptivity, productivity in this case might be the amount of urine (and/or vommit) produced

• Re:Saturday (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @11:16AM (#34534270)

Ooh pedantic... well you could argue that because the urine production is a direct result of the beer consumption then drinking beer is indeed driving productivity.

You could also define productivity as "amount of shite spouted as a result of alcohol consumption"

• Tomorrow (Score:3)

on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:47PM (#34527024)

Success is in my future. And always will be.

• Not Any More (Score:2)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @04:55AM (#34527810)
I'm delighted to say that the concept of 'productivity' is no longer relevant to anything I do with my time or my life!
• To turn the question around... (Score:2)

on Sunday December 12, 2010 @05:38PM (#34530522) Homepage Journal

My least productive day is Wednesday. Far enough in to be tired, not close enough to the weekend that you get the "home straight" surge.

Actually, Tuesdays are pretty shit too. And now I come to think about it, Thursdays aren't much better.

• Re:To turn the question around... (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @02:28AM (#34532306)
I always seem to make negative progress on a Wednesday so I ask myself if I didn't come to work at all surely that would be a positive productivity gain. Tried that rational with my boss and he suggested trying Saturday instead so for now I'll just stick to going backwards on my projects on Wednesdays.
• Friday, Duh! (Score:5, Insightful)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @03:39AM (#34532446)

In the modern tech based workplace, it has to be Friday.

Friday is the day when all of the "managers" (suits, project managers, etc.) realize they held meetings all week rather than doing the productive things they promised would be delivered.

Around 10am on Fridays, right as they're getting back from their first Starbucks run of the day, they usually start freaking out that the week's scheduled 40 hours hasn't been started yet. By 11, the Engineers are performing their well rehearsed "We don't launch on Fridays" speeches. By noon, the Engineers have realized it's going to be listened to about as much as it is every other week and get crunching. That leaves 6 hours - seven or eight by the time they stay late - to achieve an impressive 40 hours worth of work.

And thus, Friday is the most productive day in the modern tech based workplace.

• Tuesday... (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @01:19PM (#34535756) Homepage
If I look at it objectively, I think Tuesday is the most productive for me. Everything seems to break over the weekend, so Monday is spent putting out fires. Busy, but not necessarily productive. Friday is the least productive day, because most non-robots are thinking about the weekend. On Friday, it's harder to find people to get things signed/approved, on top of the fact that on average, our hearts really isn't it as much when the weekend looms. Wednesday and Thursday are somewhat productive, but there's still that "Tomorrow is Friday!" thing going on, and Wednesday is mid-week; blah. Hump-day indeed.
• Most productive day... (Score:2)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @02:25PM (#34536406)
• Procrastination (Score:3)

on Monday December 13, 2010 @02:29PM (#34536448)
Remember: the sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up!
• My favorite poster... (Score:2)

on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @08:18AM (#34544856)

is one of my despair posters, "Procrastination... Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now"

• Monday (Score:2)

<`dadinportland' `at' `yahoo.com'> on Tuesday December 14, 2010 @07:52PM (#34554604) Homepage Journal

Because I don't work on mondays the kids are at school so I get a ton of shit done at home. Very productive.

• Makerspace day (Score:2)

on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @01:40PM (#34563054)

Weekends I go to the NextFab [nextfabstudio.com] makerspace in Philadelphia (US) to work on my project [halfbakedmaker.org]. That's when I feel the most productive, because I'm producing for myself.

Sunday I get to refine all the stuff I did Saturday, so that's why I chose Sunday.

Now, Monday -- Monday is my grumpiest day.

"Wish not to seem, but to be, the best." -- Aeschylus

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