Biological Prime Time: When are you at your most productive?

11 Jul 19 ARH away tiny
Anthony Haynes

Anthony Haynes writes: Here we reblog a great post by Josephine Grant. Recently an increasing amount of research has focused on the relationship between productivity and one’s body, especially in relation to time.

I selected this post not only because it summarises the research succinctly and non-technically but also because it provides explicit guidance on how to apply the research findings to practice.

Josephine Grant

Your “biological prime time” is the time of the day when you have the most energy, and therefore the greatest potential to be productive.

Productivity is a highly individual thing – a get-stuff-done strategy that works flawlessly for one person may do nothing for you. You are probably already aware that your energy, concentration and focus levels fluctuate throughout the day. If you are an early bird, for example, you have more energy in the morning and experience a decline as the day progresses. The opposite occurs for the night owl. For the night owl, alertness levels are low in the morning and start to increase in the afternoon, reaching its peak during the evening.

There has been a mountain of research that has been conducted on this area. Sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman noticed a pattern in the human body called the Ultradian Rhythm. The Ultradian Rhythm is a recurrent…

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