Lets not beat around the bush life is chaotic.
As a full-time working Mum that is based at home with a baby in tow and a child at school my life is sometimes beyond chaotic. So making lists, planning and multitasking are all something I have to do religiously to stay afloat of the house, the kids and work.
Add in school holidays, sickness, no real childcare and sometimes a lacking enthusiasm as the pressures build and it can sometimes leave me feeling deflated, defeated and out-and-out fed up and we haven’t even got to the busiest day of the year yet.
Did you know there was in fact a busiest day of the year?
I didn’t until recently but it seems that a light-hearted formula, developed by Mike Gardner, a time management advisor for Nature’s Finest, the UK’s no.1 potted fruit brand, predicts the most productive day of the year based on factors including sickness, weather, workload, and motivation.
The equation he created suggests that Wednesday in 24th May is when our to-do lists peak in conjunction with motivation and drive to complete tasks. Maybe to do with the 2 added bank holidays and the looming half term school holidays thrown in for good measure?
“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.
“Wednesdays are also when we are most motivated to tactically complete tasks as we’re in the full flow of the working week.” Says Gardner
“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.”
But how on earth could this be concluded? Well, Gardner’s formula predicts that not only is the 24th May the busiest it’s also the most productive day of the year based on ‘misery factors’.
Sounds like doom and gloom but actually the statistics for these mystery factors include things like the number of school holidays, with the total multiplied by a rating for workload multiplied by the number of working days in the month.
Then 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 Wednesday 24th May.
- S = likelihood of sickness (hay fever)
- K = school holidays
- W= workload
- D = working days
- s = days of sunshine
- R = days of rain
- M = motivation levels
- Na = the feeling of a need to take action.
Since I need to be organised to stand any chance to function I am taking extra steps this year to get through May and out the other side with deadlines met, kids well fed and waters and some quality time thrown into the mix too by doing these things:
Meal Planning – It saves a fair amount of money when we do this and over recent weeks it’s dropped off our radar. I love being able to plan the food shop more economically and easily round a meal plan and it takes the pressure off one of the busiest times of the day for us by knowing what we are eating when.
Batch Cooking – Batch cooking is a massive favourite of mine since I don’t love spending hours in the kitchen for fun. I spend an hour or two in the kitchen once a month and can prepare home cooked meals to cover for a few weeks.
List Writing – I am probably list writings biggest fan! I write a list for the week of everything that i need to do and then break it down by each day. Sometimes the overwhelming feeling of what you need to complete for the week can hinder you actually starting and for me procrastination seeps in so planning out the day helps me keep on track and relieve pressure.
Limit Social Media – Sounds nuts coming for a blogger that literally lives on-line but I will be the first to admit that logging into Facebook can lose you an hour or so here and there. I no longer leave social media open on my desktop I log out of all social channels for set times to allow me to actually work without getting into a debate or social watching or I would get nothing done!
To get through this year’s Multi Tasking Day on 24th May, Gardner advises people to plan ahead and that’s what I am doing.
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