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Does your personal time clock have an impact on your time management?

By Gabriele Kaier, 24.08.2016, Approx. 3 min reading time.

The rhythm of your personal time clock has a significant impact on how much you accomplish during your working day. Here are a few tips on how to figure out your body rhythms and how to use your energy more successfully.

The rhythm of your personal time clock has a significant impact on how much you accomplish during your working day. Here are a few tips on how to figure out your body rhythms and how to use your energy more successfully. If you become aware of your moods and energy level changes throughout the day, you can significantly improve your productivity and also your creativity.

The Owl versus The Lark: There are two chronotypes

The two most common chronotypes are known colloquially as the night owl and the morning lark. While these can be difficult to define, night owls tend to go to sleep much later and also rise later in the morning, while morning larks hit the hay earlier and also rise earlier. Chronobiology research has found that the rhythm of night owls and morning larks differ by approximately two hours. Studies attest that it is not possible to change an evening person to a morning person and vice versa; the rhythm of the human body is genetically manifested. (Study of Achim Kramer/Berliner Charité)

Balancing tasks – do the right work at the right time

Different types of work require different levels of energetic output:
  • Assign imporant tasks, for which you need a large amount of concentration, to periods of high-energy.
  • Light and administrative tasks can be done when your concentration and energy are low.
Quiz: Are you a morning or a night person? Find out during which time of day you are most alert: http://bit.ly/1M5aEe9

Most people have the following energy level changes throughout the day:

The highest energy is in the morning, between 10 and 12 p.m. In the early afternoon until 3 p.m., performance continually drops. In the late afternoon between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. energy rises a little bit; after this time, the energy is returning to lower levels once again, with the greatest depth reached at around midnight.  

Become aware, that your body and mind go through cicles!

To gain a rough estimation of how your natural rhythms change throughout the day, note your energy patterns on a blank sheet of paper for a week. When are your highest and when are your lowest periods of concentration? When you are aware of your energy levels throughout the day, you can plan your work as optimally as possible to the synchronisation of your natural rhythm. According to this idea: Instead of fighting against Mother nature, ride those waves as they come. This could also be interesting for you: Productivity: To-Stop-List – 5 things you should forget today and Work More Efficiently and Improve Productivity by 7 Times in Only 7 Minutes
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