When is the Best Time to Work
You know how it feels, when you don’t have the energy to do the work you really need to do, and think – I wish I’d done that this morning. When you are trying to keep your eyes open in the middle of the afternoon?
Daniel Pink- the American Author and speech writer for Al Gore, tells us that our brains are fairly hard wired for when we have the energy to do focused work and when it is time to do creative work. Also that, if we understand that, our productivity doubles. Eighty percent of us are larks and work efficiently in the morning, he says – here is the article.
Watch the video and then have a think about how you use your time to do which sort of work:
When do you feel most energised?
My focus and productivity is best in the morning
It’s worse in the evening – get me to six o’clock and I’m nearly asleep.
Daniel Pink says if you you want to do things where its important not to be distracted, do it in the morning – examples are in the video and include surgical operations.
To work effectively, easy and creative tasks are best done in the early afternoon. Your brain will fill in the gaps apparently when you sit there and reflect and become creative.
If you have to focus and take action at a time when you are less focused, stand up and change your physiology – if you remember, changing our physiology changes our emotional state which changes our reality.
Get your peak state at the end of the day – your brain will make sure that you will have a good day the next day.
Have a think and fill your calendar with things that are most appropriate for the time of day and try not to do surgical operations in the early afternoon.
Let me know how your ability to work effectively changes as you fit your diary to the work that you need to do.
Also, if you are struggling with energy and motivation , get in touch. There may be reasons that are causing this , that are not to do with the time of day.
Until next week
Dr Bridget, Doing Work to Inspire you.