Day 2 – Know When You’re Most Productive
I’m not a doctor, but I do know that most people have productivity peaks and troughs during the day. It might be 11am and you’re gagging for a coffee to keep you going until lunch, but for others the break will kill their workflow.
It’s not just those after lunch food-coma type slumps. There’s a limit to how long you can concentrate without starting to drift off. Is it boredom? Are you tired? Do you just need to walk away for a while? Or are you simply a night owl or early bird trapped in a nine to five world?
Tip #1: Be aware of when you start to drift during the day, or lose the ability to get on with stuff. Everyone’s different. If your optimum zone is 8-11am then hammer it and get as much done as you can in that period. If you’re useless after 5pm and you’re not working contracted hours, give it up for the day.
Tip #2: You could always let yourself day-dream for a few minutes. The latest research says we’re hard-wired to day-dream. It’s different from losing focus. It helps us gather our energy, engage our creativity, hatch bright ideas, refresh ourselves, and give our brains a rest.