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How to map your magic hours

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.

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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. 

Most positions require one of two different working styles:

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.

If you want to be successful, many experts and life-hackers say you should: 

Everyone has a different time of day when they work and feel their best. Brian Tracy calls this your prime time.

Your peak hours are valuable. Use that time for your most creative or brain-intensive tasks. 

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