We’re about five weeks into 2016. The holiday lethargy has been shaken off, school summer vacation and spring break are still far away, and—after the Super Bowl—it’s pretty quiet on the sports front until March Madness, a noted productivity drain. So, despite its brevity, might February be the most productive month of the year?
We took at look at the monthly frequency of different activities that may indicate individual productivity, such as hours worked, box office intake, and if people are getting to work on time, to see in which month do people tend to be the most productive?
- Length of workweek: From Bloomberg. The average number hours worked per week, averaged on a monthly basis, since 1964.
- On time subway performance: As reported by the MTA for weekdays in 2015, with on-time performance being within five minutes of the scheduled time.
- Box office gross: From BoxOffice.com for 2015.
- Number of Americans leaving the country: From the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries for 2014.
- Search volume for “increased productivity”: Total search volume for 2014 and 2015 according to Google.
- Average employment: For 2005-2015 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Facebook traffic: Monthly unique visitors to Facebook as calculated by Site Analytics.
- Average stock market gains/losses: From Bloomberg, calculated as the average return of the S&P 500 by month from January 1, 1965, to December 31, 2015.
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