If you work a regular 9-to-5 job, you’re expected to be productive from 9 to 5. However, productivity does not happen as easily as flicking a switch. There will be hours when nothing clicks in your head no matter how hard you try, and then before you know it, you’re facing a backlog of tasks that you just cannot finish within the day. You can avoid this common mistake in the workplace by knowing what the best time of the day is to tackle specific tasks. From there, you can schedule tasks and follow the schedule religiously.
The best time to work is when you have the most amount of energy and focus.
It will come down to whether you’re a morning person or a night person.
Some people will have the highest amount of energy and concentration in the morning or after a round of exercise, an invigorating jog, or a strong cup of coffee. The burst of energy helps them kickstart their activities for the day and accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently.
Usually, in the morning, you can reach people you need to speak to, have meetings, run errands, and make important decisions. You can even squeeze in personal errands, and you will still have a lot of energy left for work.
In an office setting, the energy levels are also very high in the morning, extending just a little after lunch. The energy dissipates slowly by then, and usually, you’ll hit a slump from 3 p.m. and onward. This is the period where you just want to watch videos, eat something sinful, take a nap, or just head home.
On the other hand, there are also people who can only function fully right after the sun goes down. For night owls or nocturnal workers, it’s easier to work when the rest of the household is asleep. It’s easier to concentrate when there are few people in the office and the place is dark and quiet. There are just too many distractions during the day, and there are too many interruptions that can affect their trail of thoughts and creativity levels.
The best time to work is when you have the least amount of distractions and interruptions.
When you work from home, there will always be distractions, especially if you have kids and pets. Some people find that the best time for work is when the kids are in school or asleep, or when all the household chores are finished. Or when you’re finally alone at home. This is the time when you can work continuously without being disturbed or distracted.
If you don’t have screaming babies or excited dogs to distract you, you can work anytime you want. However, studies reveal that the best time to accomplish urgent and important tasks will be between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., especially if your work requires creativity and mental alertness.
And then from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., you can devote this period to the tougher tasks, or any task that requires action and mental quickness, like clearing your inbox, having a meeting with your senior manager, holding a conference call, or settling a dispute with a customer.