In television, prime time is the hours in which the audience is expected to be the greatest. But did you know that WE have a “prime time” also?
Everyone will have a couple of hours in their day that they tend to get most of their work done. It’s usually that period you find yourself in what scientists call a “state of flow…”
…and you get lost in your work and flowing through tasks. It’s worth considering when those hours are and block them off in advance for your most important tasks.
There is a myth that because the normal working day is usually 9 am-5 pm that to more productive, you need to be an early bird.
The truth is you can be a night owl too.
Here a quick guide on how to do it:
1. Track a typical working day or two. Track your day from the moment you wake up and go to bed on a journal or a simple spreadsheet.
2. Rate your energy levels. Every 2-3 hours, rate how energized you feel on a scale of 1-10, 1 meaning low energy and meaning supercharged. Take note of any factors or correlations as to what might be triggering these scores.
For example, if you notice on your low scores that it’s always around the time, you’re drinking coffee, maybe this is something you want to limit.
Similarly, if you notice you have loads of energy between the hours of 11 am-1 pm once after you have done some gentle stretching, then this is also important.
3. Look for the pattern. Once you’ve collected your data, look for the trends where you see a pattern whereby you have high energy. When you find it take note of it.
This is likely the period where you’ve found your most valuable hours. Now you will have a sweet spot in your day where you can make sure you allocate your most important tasks, as this is where you feel fully charged.
As a result, you’ll also be more productive.
Next I want to tell you about the TRIPLE P but I’ll wrap this one up for now. Stay tuned for the next email, and be sure to reply to this email if you have any questions.
I am always interested to know what you think.
Until next time
Dominus Owen Markham