Work At Your Best

Are you a lark or an owl?

Research has shown that no matter your birdlife tendencies our brains are most effective in the morning, no matter your birdlife tendencies.

Making the most of this productive period means you can whizz through tasks that can feel heavy and a bit of a slog if you worked on them in the afternoon.

Think of it a bit like the difference between swimming with and against the tide.

Swimming with the tide feels easy and natural swimming against it feels hard work and leaves you feeling tired.

For the next week I want you to track your energy through the day. It’s a simple activity to do and will really help you make the most of your naturally productive times when you come to scheduling your workload effectively.

Use the energy tracker, alongside the time tracker. By the end of the week you will have a complete picture of what you have been doing, but also how you have felt at different times during the day.

TOP TIP

Beware the difference between being busy and being productive. As a long term owl I often used to work late a night, heading off to my bed with a pile of paperwork and doing stuff. The only problem was that when I looked at the results of my work I hadn’t achieved a great deal.

As an owl my natural tendency is to sleep late and work late. However, after tracking my time and my energy I learned that my most productive period is in the morning. Since scheduling my most important tasks first I have made massive progress and the buzz I get from that is enough to get me out of bed earlier in the morning that I perhaps would have liked.

ENERGY TRACKER

Day Time Low Medium High
Monday 8-10am
10-12 Noon
12-2pm
2-4pm
4-6pm
6-8pm
8-10pm
Tuesday 8-10am
10-12 Noon
12-2pm
2-4pm
4-6pm
6-8pm
8-10pm
Wednesday 8-10am
10-12 Noon
12-2pm
2-4pm
4-6pm
6-8pm
8-10pm
Thursday 8-10am
10-12 Noon
12-2pm
2-4pm
4-6pm
6-8pm
8-10pm

 

Day Time Low Medium High
Friday 8-10am
10-12 Noon
12-2pm
2-4pm
4-6pm
6-8pm
8-10pm
Saturday 8-10am
10-12 Noon
12-2pm
2-4pm
4-6pm
6-8pm
8-10pm
Sunday 8-10am
10-12 Noon
12-2pm
2-4pm
4-6pm
6-8pm
8-10pm

 

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