Don’t listen to those productivity gurus: why waking up at 6am won’t make you successful
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Everyone has a different time of day when they work and feel their best. Brian Tracy calls this your prime time.
Making use of your prime time can enhance your productivity, whether it's in the morning or at night. It's up to you to learn when you work the best and make the most of your day.
If you want to be successful, many experts and life-hackers say you should:
That's a lot to do before 8 am. These routines may look great, but there is often a misplaced emphasis on morning.
Each person will have a routine that works for them. For example, you may eat and do physical exercise, clean up and head for the office. Then, when your most productive hours arrive, you may start working on a problem that's on your mind.
Some people may have their prime time in the morning, but yours might be at noon or 7 pm. Do what you can to take hold of your prime time and make the most of it.
Our bodies have natural cycles, or circadian rhythms, which affect our sleep and waking cycles, body temperature, and hormone levels. On any day, we have energy peaks and dips, or ultradian rhythms, which appears in 90 - 120 minute cycles. It's vital to map out your own rhythms and work with them.
Author Yulia Yaganova suggests a three-week experiment where you rate your energy, focus and motivation at the end of every hour, using a scale from one to 10. You'll quickly see patterns emerge.
Downtime promotes creative thinking. In 2016, productivity expert Scott Barry Kaufman did a study that revealed 72% of people get creative ideas in the shower.
Ensure that you make time for solitude, such as taking a daily stroll. Letting your mind wander freely can inspire daydreams and non-linear thinking.
Most positions require one of two different working styles:
Founders, entrepreneurs and CEOs are both makers and managers. They may split their day in two - one to work as a maker, and the other to work as a manager.
Your peak hours are valuable. Use that time for your most creative or brain-intensive tasks.
During this time, don't book meetings or let people disrupt you. Turn to your Inbox Zero at the end of the day. Use your natural rhythms wisely, and your productivity will soar.
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