– Simon Folkard quoted in Daniel Pink’s When, 2018, pp 22.
Are you a night owl or a morning bird? As a schoolgirl in the 1970s, I remember teachers getting us to think about when we were at our best. Flash forward to the late 1980s and early 1990s and discussion around circadian rhythm.
Daniel Pink’s most recent book When further delves into the research. He writes,
“Our moods and performance oscillate during the day. For most of us, our mood follows a common pattern: a peak, a trough, and rebound. That helps shape a dual pattern of performance. In the mornings, during the peak…. most of us excel at …analytic work that requires sharpness, vigilance, and focus. Later in the day, during the recovery, most of us do better on…insight work that requires less inhibition and resolve.” – Pink, 2018, pp 26
Questions to Consider:
When are you at your best? Check out the Munich Chronotype Questionnaire to learn more
When are you able to focus the most?
When are you able to get the most work done?
Take a look at your schedule and think about the major tasks that could be rescheduled to better meet your energy needs.
Make the change now.
** Pink notes that “people born in the fall and winter are more likely to be a lark; people born in the spring and summer are more likely to be owls.” – p 29
“Moods are an internal state, but they have an external impact. Try as we might conceal our emotions, they inevitably leak –that shapes how others respond to our words and actions”. – Daniel Pink, When
What is important to note about the ebbs and flows of your day, your tasks, and your energy?
What tasks could benefit from being scheduled in the times when you are most productive? When you are not as focused?
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