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THINK BUSINESS
How Productive Are You?
Do you have a strategy to be more productive? Here are five tips
to help you reach that goal.
BY MARK RICHARDSON
D
o you know anyone who refers to
themselves as a " morning person? "
How about someone who says, " I'm
a night owl? "
Morning people get out of bed energized and
ready to rock, while night owls like to ease into
the day or even sleep in as much as they can
and get more productive later in the day.
We all have internal rhythms that affect our
focus and energy levels. These fluctuations can
make us sharper at certain times, and foggier
at others. These inner clocks vary greatly from
person to person, and are also influenced by age,
which is why teenagers are famous for staying
up late and sleeping until noon.
When I wrote the book " Control Your Day
Before It Controls You: The 7 Steps to Mastering
Your Time, " (Advantage Media Group, 2017), I
began to study this subject more proactively and
personally. I discovered that (for me) writing
a book requires a daily commitment to be
effective. I found that sitting down between
8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. was my sweet spot.
If I wrote for more than 90 minutes in one
session, I would begin to mentally shut down
and my creativity level would begin to drop
off. If I tried to write in the afternoon I would
get distracted. Not only was the morning most
productive for me, but I was also able to truly
enjoy the process of writing the book during
those hours.
After this experience, I began to drill deeper
into my different mindsets and the ideal
activities for me at varying times of day. I found
that early morning was a reflective or meditative
time. I would naturally spend those hours
quietly planning or thinking. On the other hand,
late afternoon I wanted to do more mundane
administrative or reduced thinking activities.
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Mid-morning
Late morning
Mid-day
Afternoon
Evening
Late evening
creative
produce
interactive
wind down
disconnect
relax
design/create
presentations/to-do
one-on-one/calls
administration
catch up
tv/movie
write
projects
meetings
simpler tasks
walk/dine
read
office/desk
office/desk
bounce around
office/desk
home/trail/bar
home
This chart represents my internal rhythms and how they can influence my productivity. You can
personalize this chart to find out when you are more effective performing certain tasks.
Needless to say, we all don't have 100 percent
freedom to design our day; however, here are
five tips that can help make this come to life.
1. Take inventory of your own internal
rhythms.
2. Plan your week with the chart (above)
in mind.
3. If there is a conflict - meaning you're
doing an activity when it is not ideal -
try asking others to do that activity or
have that meeting when you are at your
best. (You might be surprised that people
will tend to accommodate your desire,
especially if they know why.)
4. Observe your effectiveness and stress
levels. Is it better or worse?
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5. Begin to move more medium and longterm
interests and goals into the time slots
where you are most effective.
You are not going to bat 1,000 percent. But if
these methods increase your effectiveness by
even 10 percent, you will not only accomplish
more but also feel more fulfilled.
Mark Richardson is an author, speaker, columnist
and business growth strategist. He has written
several books on business management including
" How Fit Is Your Business? " and " Fit to Grow. " His
latest book is " Control Your Day Before It Controls
You: The 7 Steps to Mastering Your Time. " All of
his books are available on amazon.com. He can
be reached at mrichardson@mgrichardson.com.
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reflective
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ACTIVITIES
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WHERE
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