I’ve been reading a lot lately about productivity “hacks”—things, tasks or tricks designed to make us more productive. However, what works great for one person might be a total waste of time for another. I think the biggest issue is finding the most productive time for you.
Are you a morning person or do you work better in the evening?
Personally, I am up every morning between 4:30 and 5:00. I enjoy a cup of coffee or two and read for a few minutes. As I’ve discussed earlier I use the Zite app for my iPad and stick mainly with it. I’m not much on hitting the CNN’s or USAToday’s of the world simply because I’m not interested in starting my day with a bunch of negativity or bad news.
I’ve found the early morning hours are my creative time—that’s when I do the majority of my writing, blogging and other projects that require that part of my brain. For me, for some reason, writing at night or in the evening always makes me feel as if I’m up against a deadline.
But, the key is: I know this. I’ve found what works best for me.
You may be completely opposite. You may be a night owl who enjoys and relishes the all-nighters. (I’m usually in bed by 9:00 or 9:30)
One of the things I have learned is those 45-minute to an hour bursts of concentration work well for me. No matter what I’m working on, I try to work in chunks of time around an hour—then get up and do something else. After a few minutes, I can go back and dig in again.
Call it ADD, short attention span or whatever—it just works for me.
My point in all this is to find out what works for YOU. When are YOU most productive? What are the best times for you to work and actually get things done—not just shuffle papers and act busy?
Pay attention to it over the next week or so and you may find there are good, better and best times of the day for you to take on required tasks.