Photo by Justin Henry.
Harnessing your peak productivity time is a tip we’ve mentioned before, and Trent at The Simple Dollar reminds us that “your good hours are the only valuable ones”. Even if you have a set number of hours you have to put in at work, shifting more menial or boring tasks to your less productive hours can help you accomplish more overall:
Instead of burning eight hours writing (with only, say, three of them involved in effective wordsmithing), I quit after the first two hours of good writing, go do something else for a few hours, then come back and (possibly) ride another burst of writing. I still get those three hours in, but I also get five hours of other tasks in.
If you don’t know when your peak productivity time is, try /”energy mapping” your work day.
Other ways to boost your productivity with better time management: use side “procrastination projects”, adopt a 30/30 minute work cycle, and focus on 1-3 activities a day. How do you manage your work hours?
Good Hours, Not More Hours [The Simple Dollar]