Do you ever feel like you need more hours in the day? That you really don’t know which way to turn as you have a list as long as your arm of things that need organising for Summer?
Holidays to book, hayfever and spring colds in full swing along with 2 bank holidays in May to contend with – all of this on top of the regular day to day tasks means it will come as no surprise that we now have a Multitasking day! Officially the busiest day of the year has been declared as the 24th of May by time management advisor Mike Gardner who is working with Nature’s Finest, the UK’s number one potted fruit brand. Don’t worry though its not all bad news, the most hectic day is also the most productive!
This date of course hasn’t just been plucked out of thin air, it is based on many factors including sickness, weather, workload, and motivation.
“The last Wednesday in May is not only the nation’s busiest day, but it’s also when we’re at our most productive and primed to deal with all the tasks facing us,” says Gardner.
“Not only do seasonal factors have an effect, but life and work pressures collide. The two bank holidays create extra pressure to complete the same amount of work in less time, and when other factors such as hayfever and school holidays enter the mix,it can feel like a real struggle.”
“However, unlike January – another peak in the year – we are well equipped to deal with the added stress. The good weather, imminent travel plans and longer days mean that we feel at our most healthy and able to take on more activity than usual.”
“Wednesdays are also when we are most motivated to tactically complete tasks as we’re in the full flow of the working week.”
I have to agree with Gardner on this as I am always more geared up to complete work on a Wednesday, not sure if its the lure of the weekend or the fact the week is running out but I tend to make more lists of things to be done on Wednesdays than any other!
Multi-tasking is a great skill to have and more often than not I get in trouble from hubby for doing too much at once! Yes I have been know to be making soup, sewing a dress for Amelia while simultaneously doing homework with Evie and planning what we are doing the following day – I just thought it was all part and parcel of a busy home!
Gardner’s formula pinpointing the last Wednesday in May as the most productive day of the year involved giving ratings to ‘misery factors’. A rating for likelihood of sickness was added to the number of school holidays, with the total multiplied by a rating for workload multiplied by the number of working days in the month.
That figure was divided by motivation levels added to a rating for weather multiplied by desire to take action – with the date with the highest ‘productivity score’ being the last Wednesday in May.
S = likelihood of sickness (hayfever)
K = school holidays
D = working days
s = days of sunshine
R = days of rain
M = motivation levels
Na = the feeling of a need to take action.
“Use the day as a springboard to knock long-term tasks off your list and free up time for summer. Embrace the day whilst you’re at your most productive, make the most of it and live life to the full.”
Do you love to multi-task? I swear I get more done when I have a whole list of things to work through, I am so much more productive when I have deadlines too!
Nature’s Finest is proud to support National Multi-tasking Day and will be sharing tips and tricks on their social channels, so why not join the conversation…