Category: Business

As I’ve been building out the framework for “Attack the Week” I started to become curious as to which days of the week were most searched for, commented about, or even tweeted about. Since I’m building a framework for Mondays, I was curious as to which days people are actually interested in. My initial thoughts were that Fridays were going to win in a land slide, but it turns out that its not quite the case.

My initial data search lands me at Google Trends, where I searched for the 5 days of the week and their interest over time. While this isn’t the best way to determine how popular a specific day of the week is, it does give some direction and a good idea of what people are searching for when it comes to the days of the week.

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Google Trends Days of the week

So a typical business work week (Mon-Fri) is about as I imagined it. We have Friday on top with the most searches, Monday in second, and a close tie between Wednesday and Thursday; followed up by Tuesday with the least interest according to Google Trends. Now for this experiment I’m not as worried about the weekend, but while we are here and for curiosity sake lets dive into some weekend stats compared to Friday.

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google trends weekend chart

 

So according to Google, Sunday has the most search interest, followed by Saturday, and then Friday. So while we can make several assumptions as to why this is the case, I’m going to simply assume that weekends are more popular than weekdays.

Now onto tweets per day… I was limited to only three keywords for my search on Topsy, so I decided to go with Monday (obviously) and the most popular work day: Friday. Now for the third I was on the fence but decided to go with the most popular day of the week Sunday. Not only did it have the most interest on Google Trends, but it also precedes Monday so I could possibly notice any overlap.

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In this one month sample of tweets, I noticed that Friday has about a million more mentions than Sunday and Monday. I also noticed that the tweets usually came a day or two before the actual day being talked about. Which also makes sense, people will tend to tweet about anticipation or the lack there of versus “Today is Friday”.  I could dive down a bit more and do a sentiment analysis on the days, but this is enough data to satisfy my curiosity for today. What other tools could I use to lookup similar data to this ?

Well today is Monday and I thought it would be a good idea to try something new. I’ve been reading the Tim Ferriss classic: “The Four Hour Work Week” and have looked at some normal everyday actions with a new set of eyes. Mostly in an effort to become more effective with my time, I was thinking this morning of a quote I like: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Usually when I tackle a large task this quote always runs through my head. So I decided to see how I can apply this quote and my quest for effectiveness to Mondays. As a result, today “Attack the Week” is born.

Most of us view the work week as a set of five equally busy days of business. However we tend to like Fridays better as they are closer to a non working weekend in a typical 40 hour work week. We also usually have the same routine for each of these five days, and chip away at projects or processes the same everyday. Well today lets look at Monday’s in a new light and plan to attack the week vs our typical “case of the mondays”

I will be working on a framework for Mondays rolling forward, but today I just wanted to share my new motto for Mondays and #AttackTheWeek a different way. If you have any ideas on how you approach the week, comment below and I may put them into my new framework. Happy Monday !

***Update: I’ve launched www.AttackTheWeek.com to start storing my ideas, make sure to subscribe if interested!

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