Do you know when you’re most productive? Do you know how to take advantage of that most productive time?
For the most part, we all are better at work task during a particular time of the day. Maybe you do your best work from 8 am to 12 pm. Or maybe you’re a night owl, like me, who’s most creative and productive in the late evening.
Pay attention to when you feel those spurts of productivity. They may occur once or even twice a day. And there are probably sometimes during the day when you have more mental energy and other times when it’s easier to do physical work.
I find that I have two very productive times on any given day. Usually, I’m more alert and active in the morning. But then, I get a second wind after 5 pm and it usually last until about 8 pm. I’ve also been known to pull a few late nights until 1 or 2 am.
We all have natural rhythms of times when we’re alert and active and other times when we’re not. And we have low points in our day when all we want to do is lay down for a nap. While doing that isn’t usually the best option when you’re trying to build your business, there are ways to take advantage of both highly productive periods of time and those times when you can’t focus.
If you’re a morning person, get into the office early and work on everything that has to be done right away. Focus on tasks that take a lot of energy and brain power during that time. If you don’t really get going until about 10 am, use the first few hours at your desk to check email, do some research and plan your day. Once you feel that your brain is getting into gear, shut out all distractions and get to work. You can do this by using the 90-minute block method I use to be productive throughout the day. That’s 90 minutes on (focused working) and 30 minutes off (break time).
When you’re not feeling productive, you can use this time for busy work. Laying down for a nap may not be an option, but you can catch up on filing and other fairly mindless tasks during this time.
Paying attention to your body and when you work best isn’t just limited to work hours. If you find that you don’t have a lot of energy by the time you get home from the office, start that laundry before you head into work in the morning. Get up a little earlier and take care of a couple of household chores before work instead of after. Or head to the gym if you have more energy and willpower in the morning than in the evening. Take advantage of the flow and ebb of your personal energy levels throughout the day and listen to your body. Trust me; this works much better than relying on coffee, sugar, and other stimulants to help you get through your day.
Let me know if you have some tricks to figuring out your most productive time and how to take full advantage of those times. Reply to this article. I would love to hear from you.
Here’s to being more productive!