We all have a certain time of day when we feel most productive, most energetic, and amazingly focused on work no matter the distractions around us.4851098436_f339baf601

These hours are called your peak productivity time. Some people work best in the morning others at night, there may really be no definite reason for our peak productivity time but we all have one. In the same way, there are times when you just feel like staying in bed all day.

The key to maximizing your peak productivity time is responsible time management. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish once you learn how to work around your peak time!

Here are a few tips to help you!

Figure out when your peak work time is

Before anything else, you need to know when your peak productivity time is—is it early in the morning, after lunch, late at night?

Try to observe yourself and see…

  • when you function best
  • when you are most focused
  • when you feel most comfortable

The time when you meet those 3 criteria is your peak hour or hours. If you’re having a hard time figuring this out, try experimenting. Leave the house for work earlier than usual or work really late at night on a project and assess how you feel, and level of productivity.

Work on flexi-schedule

Now that you’re definite about your peak work hours, time management will come to you much easier.

If you have a corporate job, one of the best options is to request for flexi work-hours that will go well with your peak time.

You’ll be surprised how many employers are willing to offer flexi-hours! Just let your company know how much more they will benefit from you if they allow you to work during your peak productivity time. Best to prepare a presentation, with solid data that measures how much more productive you are during said hours.

Work from home

This may not be the easiest option to request from your boss, but if you’re the type whose peak hours begins around 10 in the evening or later, then working from your home may be the best arrangement. Talk to your employer, and negotiate a test run. Assure him that he doesn’t have to approve your request if he doesn’t see any noticeable difference in the amount and quality of work you turn in.

Any other tips? Have you ever wanted to accomplish more in less time? How did you go about it? Share your results!


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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.