Saturday, May 17, 2014

When Is The Best Time To Work?

As a telecommuter who is working from home, I have the privilege of working on a flexible schedule.

That means I can work on any time of the day as long as I get stuff done and fulfill the necessary requirements.

For instance, right now we are experiencing 7 hours of power interruption daily. No problem. I could strategically schedule my work at times when power is available.

That advantage comes with a great responsibility by the way.

That is the responsibility of figuring out the best time to work.This is essential because having a flexible work schedule also means knowing when to schedule your 'work time' which is ideally when you are at your peak.

From my experience, there is no definite and uniform time for everyone. This is why the more I work from home the more I realize how inefficient the 9 to 5 work setup is where people are forced to be fully immersed at work at the regular 'office hours.'

The best time to work is actually when you are most productive. It is as simple as that.

However, figuring out that time is not as easy as it seems. It requires a lot of self-assessment and observation of your work habits and the results that come with it.

In my case, it took me years to figure out that I work best at 6-8PM and at 10PM to 1AM.

Obviously, I am a night owl. But, I can also squeeze out my brain to do great work at around 10AM-11AM.

I usually reserve my most critical tasks for those times. That is because these are the times when my brain performs best.

External factors also come into play. For instance, the current environment I am in, the temperature, the background noise and in most cases the coffee I drink (it has to be extra strong).

I continue to listen to my body though. As I grow older, I believe this will change. There might also be some brain hacks to change that. But, that is a subject for another research.

How about you?

When is your best time to work? When are you most productive? I would be interested to hear your stories.

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Carlo Borja is the Head of Online Marketing for Time Doctor, a time tracking software for remote teams. He is a full-time telecommuter, a digital nomad and a coffee junkie.

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