Least Productive Time of Day is 2:55 PM, Survey Finds

June 4, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Researchers said the least productive time of the day for workers is 2:55 p.m.

The firm LondonOffices.com surveyed more than 400 workers and pinpointed 2:55 p.m. as the least productive time.

They also noted that 10:26 a.m. was the most productive time for employees, followed up 4:16 p.m., according to London Offices.

“We all have peaks and troughs when it comes to our levels of productivity, but the trick is to maintain a steady work level rather than swing between extremes,” Michael Davies of LondonOffices.com told the Daily Mail. “Often if people have a burst of energy and get a shed load of work done in one hour, they maybe underperform for the next two.”

Researchers said that at 2:55 p.m., workers get on Twitter or Facebook. But others said they were less productive because they are planning their evenings.

The survey also found that workers said they mentally switch off around 18 minutes on average before they end their workday.

“At about the same time, my productivity does take a bit of a hit,” said one worker to took part in the survey, according to the Daily Mail.

And and another worker added: “I tend to go all out in the morning and power through loads of my tasks. The trouble is after lunch I’m completely whacked until I have some sugar.”