Got a lot of errands to run, while juggling work (and for many of you, also family time)? It's possible to regain five hours in a week. How? By knowing which tasks we do most efficiently on which days.
It all has to do with the right brain/left brain chemistry that makes us more logical on certain days, more imaginative on others (it's the right side that controls creativity and solves problems).
Research has shown that if you do those tasks then, you'll get them done more quickly
and you'll gain time overall.
Mondays Are Perfect For-Anything That Requires You To Be Creative, Such
As Writing Out A Business Plan, Menu Planning, Or Brainstorming Ideas For
An Upcoming Project.
Why? Because you've just spent the weekend in a right-brain, creative state of
mind (gardening or tending to plants, relaxing, watching TV, playing with the
kids and/or pets, etc.).
If you try to tackle any left-brain tasks, like accounting or bookkeeping, you're
not as likely to be productive (Most of us-at least 75%-are not very efficient on
Mondays; No big surprise there, huh?). Your brain has to activate its left side,
which can sometimes take up to six hours.
Pick Tuesdays To Pay Bills, Do The Accounting Or Bookkeeping, For
Reviewing Or Editing Current And/Or Upcoming Household Or Business
Did you know that this day is the most productive of the week? That's because
your left side of the brain has kicked in now and is raring to go. You'll be totally
focused on working well.
Wednesdays Are Great For Running Errands (such as Any Type of Shopping And Making Appointments).
At midweek, your left brain needs a break from the regular work you've been
doing. And supermarkets tend to be less crowded on Wednesday (The
weekends are the most crowded, but sometimes if you shop early morning before
12 noon on Sundays, you can get in and out quickly).
The Best Day To Do Vacuum Cleaning Or Laundry Is On A Thursday. Why?
By now, your left brain's getting tired; doing some physical tasks will give your
left side a break.
And your right brain's kicking back into gear, coming up with any work-related
solutions that may have been bugging you. By doing physical things that
require little concentration, you'll give it a chance to work out!
Never Sweat The Big Stuff On Fridays; Focus On The Small. This may come
as a surprise to some of you, but Fridays are the least productive days; you're
So just take care of little details, or short easy tasks, the things you didn't
have a chance to do earlier (like simple filing or sewing buttons back on
clothes). You'll feel productive, yet conserve your energy (which in turn will
give you extra strength).
An Extra Tip
Everyone gets an extra burst of energy between 4 and 5 pm (probably because it's the final hour before quitting time for most jobs).
So if you're putting off something that's hard to focus on, do it at 'four-ish'. It'll take you half the time