I’m going to assume you came across this blog, because you want more money in your life. To achieve that, probably going to have to streamline some parts of that life of yours. To truly crack efficiency, you need to know when your mind and body work best. Here’s how to figure out when you work to your maximum potential.
1. Fix Up Your Sleep Routine
This probably isn’t going to work if you haven’t got somewhat of a regular sleep routine. There’s no need to be overly strict on the time you go to bed, but it will help if you sleep when you’re tired and you get up at a reasonable time. Sleep is going to be one of the most important factors finding that perfect time to work, so sort that out here.
2. Push Stress Out of Your Life
Again, stress has such a large bearing on your mood and your willingness to take action – especially things that fall outside of your usual comfort zone. Whatever will help you to de-stress, make sure you do this before you move on to the next step in the process.
3. Get Rid of Distractions
Whether you need to work in a new environment or you need to use anti-procrastination browser extensions, do whatever is necessary to give a true picture of a regular working day for you. Truth be told, we’re probably best at distracting ourselves during the golden hours when we could be working, so get rid of those first.
4. Create a Task List and Stick to It
To-do lists are golden. I personally use Trello to organise my day, and it does wonders to get my head in the game and crack on. If I complete one thing, knowing what’s next both gives me motivation to tick the first thing off the list and also keeps the momentum. Make it an experiment for yourself and see how things pan out.
5. Track Your Progress
Take the time to actually record the results of your experiment(s). When did you start work? When did you need to break? When did you have the urge to get away from your work? How did it go? You’re probably going to need some sort of software to help you track this, and Toggl is a free and popular solution to fulfil that.
6. Act on Your Findings
See if your little experiments stand true if you stick at it for a week or two. Be disciplined to stick at a particular routine and if it doesn’t quite work for you, feel fee to adapt it. Just keep tweaking until you crack it.
How Long Will It Take?
Your most productive time is extremely personal to you, and it will probably take as long as it takes to organise the first four things on the list. Once you know when you work best, you’ll know better how to organise your life around this to get things done properly. Without this, you can end up forcing yourself to do work when your mind just isn’t in the mood for it, and it’ll do nothing but frustrate you and make it harder to crack on at the times when you would actually work best.
By doing this myself, I figured out:
- Why I would end up trying to work while I was eating dinner (doing both twice as slowly as I should)
- When I need to call work quits for the day
- When I need to take a day off
- When to exercise
- What conditions make me the most creative
Now it’s your time to figure out which of the following is best for you:
- Early Morning
- After a nap
- Early afternoon
- Late afternoon
- Late night
There’s no shame in working best at unsociable hours. Forget all of that and make sure you’re setting yourself up for the best work conditions you can.
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