Learn the time of day you're most energized, creative, and inspired, then tailor your working hours to be during that time.
Some people are night people who find energy working after everyone else has gone to bed and their surroundings are silent. Other people are morning people who wake up refreshed and revel in the still, quiet, early hours of the day before everyone else wakes up. Then there are those mid-day people who sleep in late and go to bed early — but as a mom and business owner, I can’t even imagine that!
I am a morning person. I thrive in the morning. During that peaceful time, before the hustle and bustle of the day begins, I am my most focused, creative, and productive self. In the afternoon, I drag just a bit and find that I have to dig deeper to find my creative place, and at night, I’m just ready to be done.
Knowing when my best, most productive time of day is, allows me to thrive in business and tackle my personal obligations with greater ease. It also helps me stay on track and increase productivity during the workday.
I don’t know about you, but nighttime is when I get sucked into binge watching a show on Netflix, reading until I finish an incredible book, or aimlessly scrolling through social media. The problem is that when I do that, I find it much harder to get up early in the morning. Those behaviors are self-sabotage and knowing that I work best in the morning keeps me accountable to shut things down and get to bed early.
Adjust Your Schedule For Productivity
To serve myself, my business, and my client projects in the best way possible, I plan my schedule to fit the way I work best.
- I keep my mornings open for the most important strategic, deep thinking, and creative tasks and the big projects that need large blocks of uninterrupted time.
- I use the afternoons to schedule phone calls and meetings, handle revisions on client projects, schedule my blog posts, and handle smaller tasks that are simple and quick.
- At the end of the workday, I wrap up my day, plan the next day, and close the door on work. I use the evenings and night to relax and recharge so I can start the next morning fresh.
This approach supports my natural state of being and helps me tailor the work I need to do for my business to the times of day that fit those tasks perfectly. It makes it easier and more enjoyable for me to complete my tasks at hand and it has been a blessing.
Today, I urge you to do the same.
- Identify which time of day is your most energized, most productive time
- Adjust your work schedule around that time of day and your most important work
- Save tasks that require less focus, creativity, and service for your least productive hours
If you are struggling with productivity, or if you feel de-energized during the day — try this approach to your schedule and see a big difference!