by Thomas Oppong
You are most productive in the morning, according to research.
Your best work happens within a short time span of the day. And you should be making the most of it.
Instead of letting others dictate your priorities, give yourself at least an hour to focus without external distractions.
“People who get up early in the morning are hitting it out of the park, doing things we struggle with at other times of the day,”
says Josh Davis, author of Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done.
“If we can be amazing at certain times of the day there must be associated psychological conditions. Morning offers several benefits that can’t be found at other times of the day,” he says.
The basic principle of the first 90 minutes rule is to start your day by spending the first 90 minutes on your most important task.The first 90-minute routine can help you start and maintain a more meaningful, successful and productive days.
The human body operates on cycles called “ultradian rhythms.”
According to research, during each of these cycles, there is a peak when we are most energized and a period when we are exhausted.
What is the one most important thing you have to do every work day?
Once you identify that, preferably the night before, or better at the end of your day, write it down.
And focus your energy on getting it accomplished the next morning once you are ready to begin your day.
There are hundreds of things you could choose to do in the morning.
Completing your most important task not only moves it out of your way, but it gives you great energy because you get the feeling you’ve accomplished something worthwhile.
There’re a million different ways a morning could go but if you observe the first 90 minites rule, you can do a lot more than you can imagine on any given work day.
A focused work rule is also important.
So spend the rest of your day by working intensely for 60 to 90 minutes. Take a 10 or 20 minutes break after that to refresh your mind.
It also gives you structure, building forward-moving habits, and creating momentum for the rest of the day.
It helps you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of your goals.
In the words of Lynn Taylor, a workplace expert, “How you begin your morning often sets the tone and your attitude for the day. It can also derail or direct your focus. If you remain committed to good morning work habits, you won’t fall prey to feeling unproductive and distracted at the end of the day or week.”Once you establish a routine, it ceases to be a struggle to get in productivity mode everyday because the habit becomes part of you.
Many people pay little attention to the natural rhythms of their body.
But once you know what times in the morning you can work better, use it your advantage and your body can deliver at its peak.
Working in 90-minute bursts first thing in the morning allows you to correlate your maximum energy levels with your most important task, which then gives your productivity a major boost.
It’s only when you come to appreciate and accept the ebbs and flows of your body that you can really start to deliver maximum results.
It’s important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success.
Originally published at medium.com