“Perhaps the main conclusion to be drawn from studies on the effects of time of day on performance is that the best time to perform a particular task depends on the nature of that task”. – Simon Folkard quoted in Daniel Pink’s When, 2018, pp 22.
Are you a night owl or a morning bird? As a school girl 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 Questionaire to learn more.
- When are you able to focus 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 reschedule to better meet your energy needs.
Make the change now.
- 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?
Have a great Wednesday,
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