Each human person has a variety of internal rhythms that dictate ones energy throughout the day. For example Y2mate, we all have a circadian rhythm which makes us alert during periods of the day and induces drowsiness and tiredness at nighttime.
These rhythms are very difficult to manipulate. They are regulated very tightly and your body physiology will resist changing them in almost every case. Because of this fact of life, it is very wise to work in unison with your body rhythms rather than pushing against them.
Each one of us can utilize our body rhythms by categorizing our day in terms of “Productivity Zones”. Productivity zones work by delegating your everyday tasks into times where you naturally have the most energy for that task. These zones are specific to certain tasks, so if you can match your tasks with your productivity zone your performance can skyrocket.
As an example, I will tell you how I manage my day in terms of productivity zones.
If I have writing to do I will always do it in-between the period of 7 a.m and 10 a.m. During this time, for whatever reason, my brain shifts into “writing mode”. Writing at this time for me is easy and enjoyable. If I try to do any writing outside of this time I find it very difficult and unproductive. However, if I keep my writing to this particular zone of time, I am extremely productive and creative.
If I have physical training planned for the day, I always try and do it in the 10 a.m – 11 a.m zone. During this time my body naturally wants to move. I feel energetic, especially if I am after a good writing session. I love training in this zone and it makes me feel great for the rest of the day.
Between the hours of 12 p.m and 3 p.m my body goes into down-time. My energy levels drop, my attention drops, and I don’t feel like doing any creative work. Because of this natural tendency, I reserve this time for low energy activities, usually eating, cleaning, and relaxing. If I try to work or train during this period, I become very tired and wont to do anything else for the rest of the day.
4 p.m to 7 p.m is reserved for my coaching clients. I have found that I do my best coaching during this time zone. Again, I don’t know why this is the case. My brain just shifts into “coaching mode” at this time. It makes sense then that I should do all of my coaching here if I can, and always try to organize my day this way.