Revealed: the most productive time of the day

Some of us are early birds: rising early and getting our most valuable work done first thing in the morning; whereas some of us function better once we’ve had a few cups of coffee, and the chance to wake up! But which time of the day truly is the most productive? And which is the most productive day of the week?

We carried out a survey of the great American public, to find out exactly this, and more.

10:54am on Monday is the most productive time of the week

Overall, the most productive day of the week in the U.S. is Monday and in contrast, the weekends see the lowest levels of productivity – which comes as no surprise, considering a lot of employees have the weekends off.

Map Showing Most Productive Days and Times of Day Per US State

When it comes to specific times, however, 10:54am is the most productive time of day for those in America, but how does this vary by state and by industry?

So, if working on a Monday at 10:54am is considered the most productive, which states agreed with this? Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Montana, Nevada,

New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina all fell into the 10:00am – 11:00am time period.

Workers in Vermont are most productive at the earliest time, with 8:30am exactly considered their optimum time; with Utah the only other state who’s most productive time is before 9am. In contrast, North and South Dakota prefer to get work done later in the day, at 3:06pm and 3:18pm respectively.

Interestingly, South Dakota’s most productive day is Friday, which is the least productive weekday overall. Other states that agree with them are Arkansas, Oregon, Iowa and New Hampshire.

Table showing most product day of the week and time of day per US state

The vast majority of industries agree that Monday is the most productive day of the week – including finance, law, healthcare and marketing; whereas sales is the only industry that thinks Friday is the most productive day of the week.

The energy and utilities industry is most productive the earliest, at 9.36am, followed by hospitality and events, whereas leisure, sports and tourism, and recruitment and HR are productive the latest in the day, at 1:00pm.

How to increase your productivity

We asked survey respondents how they tried to increase their productivity, with 50% citing a good night’s sleep the most effective method. This was followed by taking regular breaks during the day, drinking caffeine, and eating nutritious food.

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Two cups of caffeine each day seems to be the standard amount, with 39.5% of people drinking caffeine saying they consume this amount. Interestingly, one in 10 (11%) respondents said they drank five cups or more throughout the day!

Minnesota and Iowa are fuelled by caffeine the most, averaging 3.8 and 3.5 cups per person per day respectively. In contrast, Rhode Island drinks the least on average, with just 1 cup a day.

When we look at this per industry, leisure, sport and tourism consume the most caffeine, at 3.5 cups on average a day; whereas those working in the science and pharmaceuticals industry drink the least, at 1.5 cups on average.

So, if you find you’re struggling to finish that task that’s been on your to-do list for the whole week, get a good night’s sleep on the Sunday evening, grab a cup of coffee (or two!) first thing Monday morning, and get it sorted at 10:54am.

For more hints and tips on how to boost your productivity, head on over to our blog.

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