What’s Your Peak Productivity Time?
Working effectively and efficiently means harnessing your peak productivity hours - the time your body and mind is most attuned to get things done. How do find out when you get your best work done, and what kinds of tasks do you take on in low-focus/high-focus times? Productive Flourishing is a fantastic website that provides tools to identify, analyze and maximize your work at varying levels of productive capacity - the amount of productivity that you’re capable of in a given amount of time. Their post How Heat Mapping Your Productivity Can Make You More Productive explains the process of recording your habits on a heat map to find your natural work rhythms, and how to plan out your days from the results you get. They have a downloadable/printable PDF to try out heat mapping, and a Daily Productivity Planner to guide your task planning.
The blog post Managing Your Daily Energy and Focus for Maximum Return talks about how a successful startup founder figured out how to maximize his daily energy focus by using an energy diary, and from there, managing his ‘peaks and valleys’ both at work and in his personal life. For managing your productivity digitally/on-the-go, there's an app for that. Check out Lifehacker’s post 11 Free Apps That Will Guarantee An Increase In Your Productivity. If you really want to get into it, this book has everything you need to know: The Secret To Peak Productivity: A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best, by Public Speaker and Productivity Consultant’ (yes, that job exists!) Tamara Miles.