Meeting scheduling service When is Good looked at 100,000 responses to 34,000 events logged to their service over 2 years and found that 3pm—specifically Tuesday at 3pm—seems to be the most agreeable time for a meeting.
When Is Good, a free service we’ve previously covered, goes into a lot more detail about why some folks might be more receptive to meeting in the afternoon than the morning, and on Tuesday rather than Thursday, but the basic findings they’ve laid out are as follows:
- Event invitations are most likely to be accepted for a Tuesday at 3pm.
- Surprisingly, very little variation exists between the days of the week.
- On average only 3 or 4 people out of 10 will be available at any given time.
- People are happier than you might think to work through lunch.
- Flexibility jumps up at 10 and 11 in the morning, but peaks at 3PM.
Interestingly enough, execs also consider Tuesday the most productive day of the week, while researchers have found that Tuesday is also the most stressful—specifically at 11:45am (and most of you agreed). Hit the link for a full “white paper” read, and venture your guess at why Tuesday appears to be at the nexus of your work week in the comments.
A Statistical Analysis of Suggested and Accepted Times for Meetings and Events [(Direct PDF Link) at When is Good]