How to Discover Your Best Time of the Day to Work
Productivity is about harnessing energy and time to do more and better work. Here's how...
#1 Determine Your Optimal Part of the Day to Work
Do a careful self-analysis.
Ask yourself: "When during the day do I have the greatest amount of energy and concentration?"
When do you feel the most alive, energized, creative, optimistic, and enthusiastic?
For me, this is the morning.
Discover when you’re at your peak — morning, afternoon, evening, etc.
#2 Master Your Distractions
Ask yourself: "When do I have the fewest interruptions and distractions?"
Now that you know when you have the highest amount of energetic output, determine when the major distractions are.
These are the times when you should avoid scheduling a productive period.
#3 Identify Periods for Deep Work
Work cycle research has shown that most people work best in 90-minute cycles followed by a break.
Now that you’ve determined the phases of your highest energy, it’s time to carve out one to three 90-minute periods.
These 90-minute sessions are your productive bursts.
When you‘re finished, take a good get-up-and-move-around break.
#4 Do the Right Work at the Right Time
Do the most demanding tasks during your time of greatest energy, and distribute your less demanding tasks across your times of waning mental strength.