People have certain times of the day that they work best. They get more done and are more focused. For some, they do better in the mornings. For others, afternoons are their most productive. While others still, are night owls and can produce the most during these hours. These productivity times can be considered a person’s optimal routine zone.
What is your optimal routine zone? Are you a morning person or cringe at the thought of getting up early? Do you have vampire blood in you where you do your best work at night?
Whatever you find to be your optimal routine zone, set your tasks to work during these times. Do as much of your work as possible during this optimal zone. Structure your day so that you can accomplish your most challenging tasks at this optimal time.
Working during this optimal time doesn’t mean you should do nothing when you are outside of those zones. Your boss will likely not take too kindly if you slack off. Instead, you should use this time for activities that are not as taxing, such as making phone calls or other non-stressful activities.
Sometimes, you will have no choice but to do more of the heavy lifting during your “off times.” If this happens, you’ll have to make the best of it. Another problem is that you may be working in a job that does not coincide with your optimal zones. That’s a tough situation, and you may have to think about trying to adjust or to move on to opportunities where you can work during your optimal times.
If your job involves being creative, this concept of optimal zones is going to work in your favor. For instance, if you are a writer, try to do most of your writing during these times. You can use the other times to answer emails, post on social media, or check out forums related to your writing. If you are writing for a blog, try writing several posts in your zone and schedule them as if you have written one per day, etc.
Increasing your productivity is knowing your advantages. When you discover what your optimal work zones are, and use them effectively, it follows that you will increase your productivity. Your manager will notice this, and it could help you when asking for a raise or getting a promotion. It will also give you the satisfaction of a more fulfilling job.