The Average Worker is Most Productive Between 10:00 A.M. and Noon . . . and Least Productive at the End of the Day
Does that sound about right for you? If so, Good news: You’re NOT the only person at work who mentally checks out after lunch and counts the seconds until you can leave.
In a new survey, the staffing company Accountemps asked workers when they’re least productive during the day. And the afternoon DOMINATED.
37% of people said they’re least productive from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Another 28% said it’s 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. And another 19% said it’s during the lunch zone of noon to 2:00 P.M.
Added up, that means 84% of workers are least productive during some chunk of the afternoon.
The time when people are most productive is from 10:00 A.M. to noon . . . after they’ve settled in, maybe gotten their early morning web surfing and coffee drinking out of the way, and started focusing. Only 4% said that’s their least-productive time.
And only 10% said that 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. is their least productive time.