Most of us have a pretty good idea about what times of the day we’re most productive.Yet we don’t always schedule our work around those good times of the day and that can turn our day into a big waste of time.
Let’s suppose you’re not a morning person and you are very aware of this fact. It takes three cups of coffee to wake up and even if your eyes finally open, you’re walking around like the living dead all morning. If this wasn’t hard enough, focusing on anything important before noon is out of the question.
Despite that, you find yourself scheduling tasks that require focus and concentration during the morning hours, even though you know it’s a largely unproductive time for you. Maybe you do it because that’s a quiet time for you and no one else is around. Or maybe you do it because it’s the only free block of time you have available. So what can you do?
You need to figure out what factors really harm your productivity and which factors you can work around and still be efficient. Maybe you find that you can’t get anything done in the morning because you’re not a morning person. And even though your home or office is bustling with activity in the afternoon, you find you can get things done just because you’re more alert. The bottom line is; you need to take ALL factors into consideration and figure out your very best working time. In some cases, you may need to shuffle your schedule around to tap in to your optimum times.
For example, if you’re NOT a morning person, and if you’ve scheduled some sort of writing task in the morning just because it’s your only available time, you need to shuffle your schedule around so that you can do certain tasks when you’re best able to perform them. Maybe that means moving your gym workout to a morning time slot since exercising doesn’t require any concentration, and then do your focused tasks in the evening.
Tip: Sometimes you may find that you have to sacrifice certain tasks or activities in order to save time and be more productive on your higher priority tasks. But if you’re serious about getting the most out of your work day, the sacrifices will seem small compared to the rewards.
What time of day is best for you?