Job Stickiness: Post 1 – a series that can help us keep jobs or tips to make us stick in the next one
We all have times that we are most effective.
Some of us are morning people, some of us are night owls, some of us will suffer if we drink too much caffeine later in the day and not be able to sleep or stay asleep or sleep long enough.
For me, my best times for maximum energy levels have changed, when I was much younger, I used to like to sleep until at least 7am or 8am. Today my alarm is set for 5:04am every morning and many times I wake up before the alarm goes off. The morning is my favorite time to write blog posts because everything seems to gel then. If I have an outstanding resume project or cover letter due for a virtual client, the best time for me to do that project is from 9am to about 1:30pm.
I was talking to a client about this the other day and she was saying that her clock works the same way. By 2pm, she starts to drag and would really like a nap. But catch her in the early morning, she can accomplish much.
By paying attention to the ebbs and flows of our energy levels, we can learn to schedule activities so that we do our most difficult “thinking” projects during the maximum energy time. Keeping our body clocks regulated with a similar rhythm all the time makes us more able to accomplish more. There are times when I will push the limit and either stay up late or just have one of those “no sleep” nights when I sleep a couple hours and then wake up for an hour or two. I can guarantee that the next day, my productivity will be low.
How about you? Do you find that there are times that you are most productive? If you schedule your hard projects during that time, will you get more done?
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