When Are You Most Productive?Finding The Best Time For You To Work.
Everyone has a certain time-frame when they are the most productive during the day. There are some who work best and fastest in the mornings, and some who work better at night. It has been proven through research that there is no exact time of the day when every single person is more or less productive; but on an average, most
people are the most productive during morning hours.
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Research has proven that most people considered the time span between 9 and 11 am to be the most productive time frame. The next most productive time has been reported to be before 9 am while some report that their peak productivity hours were between 7 and 10 pm and others, between 10 and 12 am.
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This is why you need to figure out when your peak productive times based on your wakeful and sleepy hours so that you can work the most effectively and efficiently. So here are some tips to finding the best time for you to work:
1. Follow your gut feeling
Most people have a ‘gut feeling’ about when they work the best. As mentioned before, those who prefer getting up at 6 am to finish off their work are morning people and who find it struggling to get up in the morning and tend to focus best in the evening are evening people who can work best late into the evening. If you think you have an idea of
when you work the best, you are most probably right with your findingand gut feeling.
2. Try experimenting
If you are not sure about your most productive times, you could always try experimenting. You could perhaps work on a task that needs your full concentration first thing in the morning before you even have your breakfast.
This means that all the time wasted checking your inbox should be done at night so that you have more time to attend to important things in the morning. You could also try getting to your office an hour earlier than usual, or stay an hour longer at the office to find out when you are the most productive. You have to find out when you found it most comfortable and convenient for you to get most of your work done. If and when you know when you are at your best, you should use this knowledge to
3. Working from home
If you work at home it is left to you to decide on your own schedule. As a freelancer, you don’t work full time for a single employer; you are most likely to accept jobs from various clients. These clients don’t actually worry how or when you do your work, at midday or midnight. All they care about is your delivering their assignment on time, by the
The only thing you will have to remember as a work at home person is that if your client or prospects need to call you, you have to make sure that some of your working time overlaps with traditional office hours. For example, you could perhaps leave the answer phone on in the morning when you work your best, and tend to all the calls in the afternoon. Better still, you could tell your clients and prospects to try to contact you only in the evenings for an immediately and quick reply from you as you work best in the mornings.
Similarly, if you are a student earning extra pocket money working online, you should bear your academic work and studies in mind so that your studies don’t interfere with your work. And that you set aside time when you work and be the most productive with your part-time job.
4. Set time for your own projects
If you work at home, but have your own personal project like writing a bestselling novel to take care of, it’s important that you manage your time wisely so that you can get maximum work accomplished both for your office work and your project work. You could perhaps consider waking up an hour earlier on some days or stay up later in the evenings to write your book while everyone else is asleep. In case your job uses up your best hours, you could consider working on your projects at the weekend when you don’t have any
work deadlines to meet.
5. Allot some light days
If you work from home, it’s helpful if you find some ‘light days’ or relatively open days so that you can approximate your natural schedule and find out when you are most productive. For example, if you have kids, you may consider using a day when they are away at a camp to find out your internal rhythm. Of course, if this is not possible, just
move on to the next step.
To find out when you work the most productively, you need to first know how you spend your time now. So get a piece of paper and track down whatever you do. Write down how you spend all your minutes and note down how you felt while doing all this. You will find that sometimes you feel that you are ‘on a roll’ and can experience maximum productivity and sometimes, you feel like not working but want to take a nap.
6. Analyze your findings
Now you know how you spend your day, you have to look for patterns. You may find that you can work for about 90 minutes at a time with only a few small breaks. This is a sign that this is when you are operating at your Productive peak. Similarly, you will also find out how much time you had actually wasted doing unnecessary things like browsing the internet and all your social media sites.
7. Ask friends
Sometimes, if you are not sure when you’re best time is, you could ask your friends and colleagues for their opinions. They will definitely know when your worst times are, if not your best times! So ask around and you may learn that your assistant had stopped scheduling meetings for 2 pm as she’d seen you fall asleep in the office chair at this time too many times! Sometimes, time management is not the only point to consider for
improved work productivity.
At times, working during your peak hours in an improved work environment like better lighting gives better work productivity too. In fact, an optimized work environment and the employment of measures to increase productive focus during your peak hours also lead to productivity in a short span of time.
It is also better to disable any audible email alerts as listening to a ‘bing’ every time an email arrives distracts you from your current task. It is also better to concentrate on only one task at a time and to set a realistic time-frame to complete it. This way you will put in all your efforts, concentration and focus on being productive with your said goals.