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Found: The Busiest Time of the Week

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A new report has pinpointed the minute of the week you're most stressed out.

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Never mind Monday morning -- researchers have pinpointed the most stressful time of the week: 11:45 AM on Tuesday.

Why is this hour so hectic? Study authors say despite the old adage that Monday morning is the busiest time of the week, the first day back to work is actually spent unwinding and catching up on weekend gossip.

But once Tuesday rolls around, people spent the first part of the day answering emails and tending to other duties they ignored on Monday.

And 11.45 AM is when everything comes to a head.

"Traditionally people associate Monday as the worst day of the week, but this doesn't seem to be the case - coasting through Monday means we're worse off on Tuesday - both in terms of workloads and stress levels," says Graham Waters, a representative from the health supplement company Bimuno, which polled more than 3,000 people for their survey.

"Tuesday at 11:45 AM seems to be the time in the day when the real workload for the week hits employees and as a result stress levels rise."

Here are more study findings:

• People are more likely to work through their lunch break at this time when they suddenly realize they have to play catch up on work.

• 1 in 10 people say they further procrastinate by logging onto Facebook to check out people's weekend photos.

• 1 in 5 employees leave the office late on Tuesday to compensate for slacking off on Monday.

Hmm ... we'd say 11:45 AM doesn't hold a candle to getting the kids ready for school, supervising breakfast, packing lunches, and barely having time to run a comb through our hair before rushing off to work. Talk about stress!

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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous April 15, 2009, 12:19 AM

that’s just plain stupid!

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