Tick, tock, body clock

What’s your favourite time of day?

Time management is also recognising your best time
We all try to make maximum use of our day, and yet some days, we just don’t seem to be able to get it together.  Could that be because we are simply trying to work on the wrong thing at the wrong time?  How easy would it be to make optimum use of your working time, by adjusting your to-do list to your own body clock?  Time management is certainly about prioritising jobs and, minimising distractions, and I’d suggest it’s also about recognising your own personal best time of day to tackle tasks effectively.

Check your body clock
If you tend to wake up early, you might find it’s the best time for you to send emails, write reports or blogs, and you may be quite creative in the early morning.  If you find that by the afternoon, you’re easily distracted and struggling to focus, you need short, quick-win jobs to do.  You may find you get another burst of creativity early evening,  so use that to your benefit.  If after about 10pm, your brain finds it hard to tackle anything too intellectual, then don’t push it.  On the other hand, you might find that you’re buzzing with ideas in the evening.  Whenever your best time falls, ignore it at your peril; it can have a marked effect on your wellbeing over time.

Analyse your working day
People who are trying to lose weight are often advised to keep a food diary, noting what they eat, when they eat it, how they are feeling at the time, and how they feel afterwards. If you haven’t tried this, keep a record of what kind of work you do, and at what time, along with how effectively you think you are working, and how you feel.  Do this for a week or so, and then notice any patterns.  Is there a time of day when you are particularly creative?  A point at which your concentration is particularly high, or low?

Identify peaks and troughs
Are there times of day when your workload increases, for example, a flood of emails in the afternoon, if you deal with clients in a different time zone?  It may be that you can shift certain elements of your working day to help you maximise your efficiency and wellbeing.  It might help to make a list of the various types of task you want to do, and then you can match them to the time of day when you will be most effective at tackling them.  If you manage a team,

It’s good to ring the changes in your working life every now and then.  Make the most of your own personal optimum times of day and increase your wellbeing.

 

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