Productivity varies with different days


Ross Parks

If one were able to stand back for a moment, and look at the patterns of their life, it may appear to possess a rhythm. Thus, by following a pattern mapped out by the days of the week, the body will form a fitting habit.

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Still, while the body may form a schedule, are people really benefiting from it?
“I get up at six,” junior Carly Rohrer said. “Sometimes I lay there for longer, but my alarm is set for six.”
Humans tend to follow several patterns that are considered by some to be advantageous in that they allow for a consistent work ethic. However, while people’s agendas may keep them aware of the task at hand, the body may have another thing in mind. Just as for any positive trait humans possess, there comes the negative end of it: a truth that can be likened to humanities well recorded ability to communicate, which is only matched by its ready nature to ignore things when chosen to do so.
It’s the same when one forms a working schedule. There comes the day when that schedule just doesn’t work well. Therefore, while it may not be surprising that some days of the week have people scrambling about to get checks on a list, there are other days that people seem to do next to nothing.
“I think most everybody is tired on Mondays,” junior Garrett Zyk said. “It’s a big test day.”
But why are Mondays so hard, and why does Monday get such a bad reputation? The answer may be quite simple. It is well known that when people deviate from their routine sleep cycles, the body finds it hard to read just back to the cycle once again. This leads to making Mondays all the more difficult as they slap people with a great load of responsibility.
As an example for how hard it may be, one could use those who find it hard to ever get a good, consistent sleep cycle going.
“I never get enough sleep,” Rohrer said. “I usually get about six hours.”
Those who do suffer from chronic to mild sleep insomnia, a disorder that prevents those who have it from sleeping for any good length of time, provides some eye-opening side-effects as stated by From being cranky, irritable or completely unable to concentrate.
Though Rohrer isn’t a technical sufferer of insomnia, she does report feeling tired, irritable and desires more sleep.
“I fall asleep in class all the time,” Rohrer said.
The symptoms of those who never sleep well, are much like Rohrer’s, when she few shaves too many hours off her sleep cycle on the weekend.
“I usually stay up later and then wake up later in the morning, too,” said Zyk, an action nearly everyone seems to fall into on the weekend.
While some may lose sleep, a handful of people also may have too much sleep, which believe it or not is also a reason one might feel sluggish on Monday.
Again, the human body works in cycles, and therefore, just as there are cycles for the day in a plan, there are for the body as well. However, as some days may feel sluggish and tired, there are those that seem to be easier, when work really gets done.
“It’s probably Wednesday,” Zyk said. “That’s when I usually when I get my work done.”
The Rock surveyed eight percent of the student body. Most gave similar responses on days they quickly got things done. It seemed that for most their busiest days was in the middle of the week, gravitating towards Wednesday as the most productive.
“Probably Tuesdays and Wednesdays,” junior Gabby Galarza said. “Those are the days I’d say I feel most productive.”
In fact, Galarza was only one of many who felt this way, and coincidentally many studies have reported Tuesday as the most productive day of the workweek, as noted by their supervisors.
“By Tuesday, employees may be better focused on day-to-day responsibilities,” Max Messmer ,CEO of Robert Half International, said in an interview in Silicon Valley Business Journal.
As one might have guessed, that left most people reporting a less productive and tiresome day for the edges of the workweek, Monday and Friday. However, the reason behind these two days being lackluster in productivity couldn’t be farther apart. For any list of reasons, one’s predictable schedule, seems to take on a consistently inconsistent pattern on the weekends. However, for the most part, weekends seem to hold a certain seductive air either free of all responsibility or fresher than the stale world of the weekday, reasons that, ironically, only contribute to a more boring and sluggish weekday by comparison.
Either way, whether one may live for the weekend or dub themselves a ‘weekday warrior,’ it may seem ridiculous, but it appears that most American productivity issues are simply because one doesn’t sleep, right? Well, not exactly, just like people can’t ignore their internal calendar and the urge to shake it up on the weekend, people can’t brush off their to do lists on weekdays either.
“Everything is usually due on Friday, or there are tests on Friday or the deadlines’ Friday,” Rohrer said. “I usually procrastinate, so Thursday is my last day to do things.”
However, many seem to be realizing this irony, embedded in American culture especially. In a recent New York Times article titled, “Relax. You’ll be more productive,” it was suggested that relaxing may be the best method to getting more accomplished. Perhaps this is why people are so extremely fond of weekends.
“I like [weekends] because you’re free to do what you want,” Galarza said.
Overall, for whatever reason people find one day, better or worse, they seem to all agree that some time off makes things better, and perhaps is why people love the weekend, where, “…you don’t have the burdens of school and work on you,” Galarza said.
By Ross Parks