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When we talk about highly productive people, the conversation inevitably turns to their habits. In particular, their sleeping habits or lack thereof! Early mornings are associated with good things: discipline, punctuality, virtuousness…even breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In our culture, getting up early is just the right thing to do. The truth is that when it comes to sleep — how much we need, and when — a lot of it is down to geneticsover which we have little control.
The past 12 months have been a huge turning point for the traditional office-based working day. The mass shift to remote work combined with employees taking on the secondary roles of carers and teachers means that the traditional workday no longer serves its function. Tasks are fitted in and around life, and the idea of keeping your personal and work lives separate went out of the window as soon as the office invited itself into your front room or kitchen, bedroom, garden shed… for an extended stay. But what about the rest? These are the natural rhythms that define individual levels of alertness and activity throughout the day — there are 4 of them, named after animals.
Confusingly, none of them is a lark or an owl.
Research suggests that mammals have learned to sleep only when other members of the group are alert and able to keep watch, and in scientists proved this theory applies to humans, after studying the sleeping patterns of the hunter-gatherer Hadza tribe in Tanzania. Customization is key, see? The workday was born out of good intentions. In a move towards ending the exploitation of factory workers, it was first introduced by the Ford Motor Company years ago, becoming standardized by the Fair Labor Standards Act in However, the version we know today came about in the s, when law firms realized that they could replicate the efficiency of mass-production by replacing fixed-rate fees with billable hours.
The hour workweek has been under criticism for some time now, and not just by the many of us who realize that there is a lot of time wasted conforming to this norm. In other words, flexible working — adjusting your work schedule to fit around your life — is better for your wellbeing and your performance! No matter which category of chronotype you fall into, here are 4 ways to help you find the sleep and work schedule that works best for you and your lifestyle:.
It sounds obvious, but as well as having different bedtimes and rising times, everyone requires a different amount of sleep to feel human. Margaret Thatcher famously got by on 4 hours a night, while Mariah Carey needs a solid 15 hours of sleep in a humidified room in order to perform at her best.
Experiment with going to bed at different times try to keep your wake-up time the same, though until you hit your sweet spot. A sleep tracking app like RISE can be helpful to help you minimize your sleep debt and record energy peaks and dips throughout the day. Maximize your time and energy! Make the most of your biological propensity to be more productive in the morning, energetic in the afternoon, or creative in the evening, by planning in advance. At the moment, many of us are in the position of having much more control over our workday, but not everything is entirely flexible.
But you can still make the most of your biological propensity to be more productive in the morning, energetic in the afternoon, or creative in the evening. The key to maximizing your time and energy is to plan in advance.
Now, more than ever, scheduling is a relatively simple method that can absolutely change your life. Time, energy, motivation, and self-control are all finite resources that eventually run out or get depleted, even more so in times of stress and uncertainty.
Starting and ending each day in the same way really helps you to stick to a schedule, which is why so many successful people preach the benefits of the morning routine and the bedtime ritual. Even if you know that mornings are not productive for you, you can schedule 30 minutes of reading, a mediation session, or a walk outdoors. Bedtime routines are more ificant than ever now that we are surrounded by screens pretty much all day and banishing your mobile from the bedroom is probably the single most beneficial thing you can do to improve your sleep.
Whether you write it in a diary, use an app like Todoistor print it out and stick it on the fridge, having a plan to follow is a sure-fire way to get the best out of yourself and your day.
But we are not machines, and neither should we try to imitate them. Ideally, your schedule will have been created around your natural waking hours, and energy ebbs and flows — but it should serve as more of a guide. The keyword here is flexibility — and that includes being flexible with yourself, too! Something else that most successful people know how to do: speak up! Most companies are paying increasing attention to the well-being of their teams — especially since the pandemic — because they are beginning to realize that a happy, stress-free workforce le to a more productive, and overall better environment.
Even if you love your early mornings, you can still implement the above advice to build a more holistic daily routine, or even experiment with napping The bear chronotype is most prone to the post-lunch energy dip, by the way. However you feel about mornings, now is the time to take advantage of this increased flexibility in working, and find a daily routine that aligns with your animal instincts.
Then get out there or onto Zoom and give it your owl! When we talk about highly productive […]. Download Features Log in. Exact matches only. Search in title. Search in content. Search in excerpt. August 4,Who else is a night owl?
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