Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Early Bird Gets Shot!

Woke up this morning at 4 am, wide awake. You have to understand, I am NOT a morning person. But as I have gotten older it seems that I need less sleep, seem to sleep more deeply, and awaken earlier.

I'm trying to put the extra time to use (like writing the blog) by working on a book, doing paperwork, and reading. So, the extra time is a boon, but I still don't like the idea of being up this early.

Are you a morning person, or an afternoon and evening person? Psychologists call morning people "Larks," and afternoon and evening people "Owls."

The scientific name for this phenomenon is "circadian rhythms." They are the energy rhythms of our days. The slang term is "Prime Time." When is your Prime Time?

One of the keys to having a Perfect Workday is to work within your rhythms. If you are planning a meeting that might be stressful try to plan it for your Prime Time. You think and plan more effectively during your Prime Time. Save some of that onerous organization (putting away files, straightening your office or home) for energy down times when you don't really need to think.

Understanding what your energy flow is like and matching tasks to energy is a great way to have a more Perfect Workday.

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