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Use The Tuesday Technique | SMALL BUSINESS

Depending upon the circumstances, I’ve suggested a few enhancements to the Tuesday Technique such as placing a stuffed animal in a prominent spot to serve as a reminder to complete the task (it worked!). Other enhancements to the Tuesday technique might include adding a reward to the Tuesday reporting. While I have not yet recommended using a day other than a Tuesday, under special circumstances I might recommend a different day. One of these circumstances might be for an individual who as a 5 day work week, but celebrates their weekend on days other than Saturday/Sunday. I would recommend this individual set their target date on the second day of their work week.

I’ve recommended this technique since October, 2000 when I learned it from Ohio State University Professor of Pharmacy Philip J. Schneider at the Latiolais Leadership Forum. I have received feedback that the technique has been helpful, leading to project completion. In at least one case the person decided to cancel the project. Even in this case, the Tuesday technique was effective because it drove closure to a project which had been in an incomplete status for a long time. The individual subsequently chose a different way to achieve their goal. While not everyone whom I’ve recommended the technique to implements it, I have not heard of instances of the technique failing. So, if you have some projects which have been incomplete for a long time (or if you are simply looking for a more efficient way to work) consider trying the Tuesday technique.


has the weekend to make up for it. When that doesn’t happen, one still has Monday to make up for what did not happen during the previous week or the weekend. As a final fail-safe one has Tuesday to catch up on what they did not do the previous week, over the weekend or on Monday.

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I would like to thank industrial consultant Dr. Margarita Posada for comments on an earlier draft of this article.

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