Being the boss of your own company, you have the luxury to choose your own work schedule. Unlike being an employee, you are not required to work under a particular shift.
You have the power and freedom to work whenever you like. You can go work at your office as early as 5am, or in the middle of the night.
But the question is, are you most productive at your chosen hours?
Though in our previous article “7 Daily Habits of People that You Can Imitate,” it has made known that successful people such as Apple’s Tim Cook, Michelle Obama and Starbucks’ Howard Schultz work as early as 5am which may be one of their keys to success.
However, you should remember that you are yourself. What works for them may not work for everyone else since each of us is unique.
Finding your most productive time of day is essential because when you work at your most productive hours, you will be unstoppable in achieving your goals for the day.
If you are still uncertain on what is your most productive time of day, the following tips may help you out.
Download this checklist to discover your most productive hours.
Start getting enough sleep first.
To discover your most productive hours, you have to do a little experiment on yourself. And you need to be at your best while doing this, you need to sleep and have enough rest.
According to Camille Peri of WebMD, sleep loss dumbs you down. When you don’t have enough sleep, it will impair your attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving.
So if you come into your office to figure out your most productive hours when you haven’t had enough sleep, your productivity will be affected. You will think that you are not productive during this time, when in fact the reason you became unproductive is because you didn’t sleep well.
Try working at different shift schedules and do similar activities.
Once you have gotten enough sleep, let’s start discovering your most productive work schedule. Say, if you are used to working at the day shift, try working at different shift schedules.
Try working on a day shift, an afternoon shift or a night shift, and do the same “kind” of tasks for each shift.
For example, for each shift, your regular tasks are replying to client emails, answering to potential client queries, creating business processes, and evaluating the work of your employees.
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Take note of the amount of work you have done for each kind of tasks in every shift. What shift schedule did you produce the most work? Is it during the day shift? Afternoon shift? Or night shift?
Create a journal and note the times when you feel motivated.
As the boss of your own company, you don’t have to work in a straight 8-hour shift. You are free to consume your 8 hours (or less hours) of work in different times.
I have a friend who runs his own company and he works every 6-10 in the morning and then 10-12 in the evening. Others find this odd because of the large gap between his work schedule. But he doesn’t care since it is during this time of the day where he feels more motivated to do his job.
If you like to work on this kind of schedule, then creating a journal will help. On your journal, take note of the times that you feel more motivated. When you are motivated, you will often have a surge of productivity.
Determine which time of the day you have less distractions.
Let’s say you have already found your most productive hours or the time when you feel more motivated at work. However, your productive hour is hindered by unplanned distractions.
Say for example, you feel more motivated and more energized to work at a day shift. However, during this shift is also the shift of your rowdiest employees.
Though you feel energized during this time, your productivity will be lessened because of the noise in your workplace.
So you also have to factor out the amount of distractions when you are setting up your work schedule.
Ask feedback from other people.
If you’re still unsure of your most productive schedule, you can ask around your office especially to the people who have worked more closely with you such as your manager or assistant.
They might be noticing some cues that you are not productive on particular hours, or hours that you may be least attentive, or often doze off in your office.
Factor all these things out so you can arrive with your most productive time of day. You are the boss of your own now. Find a schedule that will work best for you, a schedule that will not only make your day more productive but will also allow you to have more enjoyment managing your business.
What’s your most productive time of day? Download our checklist below to discover yours.