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My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..

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My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..

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  • by Anonymous Coward


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

    • by suso (153703) *

      So sorry you have to work on Saturday.

    • by freezway (1649969)
      while (today != tomorrow) { visit_site(slashdot); } do_work();
      • Re:It is... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by maxwell demon (590494) 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.

        • ... 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.

        • by blair1q (305137)

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

        • by pookemon (909195)
          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.
  • Weekend always screws it up, and I have to start over ramping up from monday.

    • by Ethanol-fueled (1125189) * 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!
    • 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: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        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. Becaus

  • 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.

  • by JayRott (1524587) 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.

  • Yesterday (Score:5, Funny)

    by boarder8925 (714555) <thegreentrilby@ g m a i l .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."
      • by Yvan256 (722131) 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.

        • by metlin (258108)

          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,

          • Re:Yesterday (Score:4, Insightful)

            by cayenne8 (626475) on Monday December 13, 2010 @11:44AM (#34534576) Homepage Journal
            Wow..working Sunday nights? Working some nights (not late?) till 8-9pm??


            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.

            • by metlin (258108)

              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 c

              • by geekoid (135745)

                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.

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

  • by fwice (841569) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:11AM (#34523174)

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

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

  • Productive?
  • My most productive day in the week, is when the week is the finals week. And the day is the night before the final.
    • by rastos1 (601318)
      Tomorrow is going to be the longest day in the history. Because when it's over, everything has to be finished.
  • by elashish14 (1302231) <profcalc4&gmail,com> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:36PM (#34523690)

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

    • by Aceticon (140883)

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

  • "Sunday" is currently last.

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

  • I get all the work that backed up on the weekend from certain departments not being open. Definitely my most productive day.
  • It seems from the poll results that the even days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) are more productive than the odd ones.

  • Weekends (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tverbeek (457094) 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • by tompaulco (629533)
      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 th
  • by CaptainPatent (1087643) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @02:22PM (#34524314) Journal
    None of the above.

    I work for the government you insensitive clod!
  • 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 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.
    • Et cetera ad infinitum.
  • 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 real

  • Easily Thursdays as i have most of the day off (from school) and can actually work on something I want done.
  • The optimist considers today to be the best day, the pessimist fears he is correct.
  • by sootman (158191) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @07:12PM (#34526076) Homepage Journal

    Febturday! []

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

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

      • by Cloud K (125581)

        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"

  • by PPH (736903) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @10:47PM (#34527024)

    Success is in my future. And always will be.

  • I'm delighted to say that the concept of 'productivity' is no longer relevant to anything I do with my time or my life!
  • 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.

    • 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)

    by nick_davison (217681) 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.

  • 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 ther
  • Any day I don't have access to slashdot!
  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Monday December 13, 2010 @02:29PM (#34536448)
    Remember: the sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up!
  • is one of my despair posters, "Procrastination... Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now"

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

  • Weekends I go to the NextFab [] makerspace in Philadelphia (US) to work on my project []. 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.

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming


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