We've established that Tuesdays are the most productive day of the week, so it makes sense that a meeting on Tuesday would be best for a productive, useful meeting. And right after lunch is the best time. Tuesdays, 2:30PM local time, is your ideal time, based on a survey that collected over two million responses. Photo by trubach (Shutterstock).
The survey was conducted by UK scheduling firm YouCanBookMe, which collected and analysed the responses of its customer bases to find out when the ideal meeting time would be. From Quartz:
If you want to make sure everyone can be there, the best time to meet is Tuesday afternoon, according to a study from YouCanBookMe, a UK company that makes scheduling apps for businesses. The firm crunched data from more than 2 million responses to 530,000 invitations and concluded that 2:30pm Tuesday is the time most people are free.
While Monday mornings are popular for team meetings, it's also one of the worst times, with only one in three invitees accepting invitations to meet. (The most likely days for people to be out of the office are Monday and Friday.) Attendance rises in the afternoon, when the day's work load has eased and people feel they're better prepared.
Of course, the founder of that same company notes that her firm has an all-hands meeting on Wednesdays at 3:00PM, with the logic that by Wednesday enough has happened during the week that people have their bearings and something to report, and there's enough time left in the week to make some changes, do good work and shift priorities if necessary. Either way, if you have to organise meetings — or know someone who does — these factors might be worth taking into consideration.