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Currently I have one work from home day - Wednesday. Changing this day is not an option. I have been allowed one extra work from home day. Are there known days that are most productive to work from home ?

Or does this just depend on the person ?

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  • friday. do not. no regrets. – easymoden00b Jul 17 '15 at 20:59
  • @easymoden00b do not work from home on friday ? – blue-sky Jul 17 '15 at 21:00
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    Which day has the worst traffic when you commute? That's when you should work from home. – gnasher729 Jul 17 '15 at 22:32
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    @corsiKa My point is that those studies still give statistical data for productive days. Those data, while potentially indicative, still don't say for a particular person which day they would prefer. However, given I am a big fan of stats and their predictive qualities, it certainly would be more likely for a person to reflect the averages (assuming breadth and size of the sample population is sufficiently wide and large) :) – Jane S Jul 18 '15 at 3:45
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    Are there known days that are most productive to work from home ? Sure. It's the day with the most meetings. Dial in to those meetings. Know when it's your turn to talk. When it's not your turn to talk, do something productive. – David Hammen Jul 18 '15 at 6:50
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This would depend on many factors such as:

  • Are there tasks you do on certain days that need other people's input? Those are probably not the best days to work from home
  • Do you have a lot of scheduled meetings that can easily be handled through teleconferencing? If 2/3 of Thursday is meetings that can easily be accomplished on teleconferencing, that might be a good day.
  • Do you have some tasks you find easier to do at home when you are less distracted by people coming through? The day you do the majority of those tasks is a good candidate.
  • Do you hate getting up on Mondays especially after the weekend and would appreciate the extra time to sleep in?
  • Do you have a day when your regular evening plans would benefit from not having the extra time to commute?
  • What is your spouse's schedule? Is there a day when you need to be home earlier for the kids so your spouse can work later?
  • What other things are going on at your house during the week? If you spouse works from home on Friday would it be more disruptive to the home office set-up for both of you to be home?
  • Would your anticipation of the weekend, make it more likely you would slack off at home on a Friday?
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Are there known days that are most productive to work from home ?

Or does this just depend on the person ?

I know of no days that would be "most productive to work from home" across companies, and across industries.

It probably depends a lot on the individual's self control. If you are concerned that you would treat a Monday or Friday as an extended weekend rather than real work days, then avoid them. You don't want to be viewed as a slacker.

But even more important is the company and the work environment.

In my company, Friday was a typical work-from-home day for many. Thus, there were very few important meetings scheduled for Fridays. Everyone seemed to understand that on Friday's you might not find the person you needed at their desk - thus you scheduled around it.

Check out your company and look for cultural scenarios like that. You might find a day where far fewer meetings would need your attendance. Those are signs for good choice days. You might find days where not being in the office would be burdensome for many others. Those are signs for bad choice days.

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According to Business Daily and Accounttemps, tuesday is the most productive day of the week. Thursday and friday's are the least productive days of the week. In order of productivity from most productive to least productive:

Tuesday Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday

sources: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5637-the-most-productive-day-of-the-workweek-may-surprise-you.html, http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2014/01/new_us_survey_suggests_tuesday.html

A portion of productivity can be associated with how you look at the week. Tuesday being the day preceding the 50% mark of the week there tends to be the greatest push. Many people tend to get a bit lax after Wednesday. This would apply even in a work from home scenario; but you have to be sure to manage yourself well and minimize distractions.

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