Today’s the day.
The day I’ll finally start working on my side hustle. As soon as I come home from work and have my dinner (a girl’s gotta eat), I’ll turn on my laptop and get working.
Fast forward half an hour later, I’m sitting on my couch watching Supernatural.
I know you’ve done this, too.
You tell yourself you don’t have enough time to work on that new project, write that book or start that blog, but when you get a couple of spare hours, you prefer to chill out with Netflix and popcorn.
I totally hear you.
After a hard day’s work, who the heck has the energy to tackle such a massive task? Heck, even doing the dishes seems like too much work.
You’re not a loser. Forget that mean voice in your head telling you you should use that time to do something productive.This isn't about time. This is about energy.
You can press the on button how many times you want, but if your laptop’s battery’s dead, it won’t turn on.
You’re like a battery, too. You only have a certain amount of energy that gets depleted overtime. By the time you come home at night, you have so little, you HAVE TO recharge and relax. If you don’t, the next day you’ll be useless.
If you want to get more productive and tackle everything that’s important to you, you need to learn how to manage your energy at the right time.
Yes, time and energy are related. But you don't find the energy for something when you have free time for it. You make time for it when your energy is at peak level.
That’s why you need to know when your productive zone is.[clickToTweet tweet=”You can have all the time in the world but if you don’t have the energy to do anything, you won’t get much done.” quote=”You can have all the time in the world but if you don’t have the energy to do anything, you won’t get much done.”]
What’s Your Productive Zone?
It’s those few precious hours when everything seems to happen by magic. You have so much energy, you get a trackload of stuff done. You keep crossing items off your to-do list faster than you can say “I do.” Without coffee, too.
How Do You Find Your Productive Zone?
Tomorrow morning, when you wake up, notice how much energy you have. Do you jump out of bed full of energy and eager to tackle your to-do list or do you need a big cup of coffee before you even start to function?
Does your energy start to decrease after lunch or are you just starting to get revved up after a good meal? And when evening finally rolls along, can’t you wait to go to sleep or could you stay up till the wee hours working/playing/whatever?
I’m an early bird. As soon as my alarm goes off in the morning, I jump out of bed ready to face the day. I sit down at my desk and, by noon, I’ve already written three or four articles.
Around 2pm, my energy slowly starts to decrease. If writing an article in the morning took me one hour and a half, now it takes three. After 8pm, I can’t write at all. Oh, I’ve tried, but it takes me an hour just to write a paragraph. And when I edit it in the morning, I have to rewrite the only thing again – it sucks THAT much.
There’s no doubt about it. My productive zone is the morning. The hours between 7:00-11:30 to be precise. I can still get a lot down between 11:30am and 2pm, but I’ve noticed my energy levels do start to get slightly lower after that.
How To Make The Most Of Your Productive Zone
Your energy level’s at its peak. This is the perfect time to swallow those frogs, the tasks that move your dreams forward. To me, that’s writing my book and articles. So, I do those things first thing in the morning. If I were a night owl, I’d tackle them around midnight instead.
You still have enough energy to get some work done, but not enough to swallow the frogs. It’s the right time to tackle all those small tasks that need to get done but aren’t as important. Like replying to emails. Scheduling your social media for the week. Taking photos for your blog. That’s what I do when I’m in my middle zone.
Your battery’s low, if not depleted altogether. There’s no point doing anything important now. It won’t get done. Even if you try, you won’t make much progress. Better use this time to relax with Netflix and popcorn. Or watching silly videos on Youtube. After 8pm, you’ll find me catching up on my fave blogs, listening to podcasts, or reading a good book.
Wrapping It Up
It’s not about time, it’s about energy. Manage that and everything will get done as if by magic.
Over to you now. When is your productive zone and how can you make the best of it? Let me know in the comments.