3/06/2016

How to use your individual power curve for time management

Hey, everybody!
When I made daily schedules or time plans, I always used to line up all tasks, I had to do, starting with the most important or difficult until the task list was over. AFter that, I scheduled fun or less important tasks. Although I payed some attention to daytime, I did not let tme influence my schedule very significantly.
Although this may be a very easy way of scheduling, it is not always the best way of doing it. What I found to be helpful recently is paying attention to the so- called power curve or one's individual biorhythm.
That means, that people are diffrently productive at diffrent times of the day. Most people feel their most motivated and productive hour of the day to be around noon, whereas the time afternoon is not so productive. This is because of the human's biorhythm, an inherent rhythem of our possibility to work productive and efficient.
One's efficienty nomally starts rising at 7 AM till 11 AM, when it has reached its highest point. Then, the concentration falls slightly till 4 PM, after it is rising again to the seccond, little lower high of productivity at 6 PM. After that, the concentration falls steeply.

This is the theory. The thing is, that as humans are diffrent, their individual biorhytms are diffrent as well. I would not say, that human's power curves can be divided into two cathegories, such as 'morning person' or 'night person', but that every person's curve is generally differing such as in terms of high or low points, length of certain sections of intensivity.
So, to find out, how one's own curve looks like, the key is introspection. Make notes on your daily productivity or use a blank curve sheet to estimate your productivity and concentration. Maybe set an alarm for every few hours and make a mark on your sheet to examine your productivity.
After doing this for one week, you should have at least a rough picture of how your concentration curve looks like.

So, you now know, when you have your highs and lows of productivity. How can it be used for time management? 
Knowing your inner clock can be very helpful to adjust your time management. Set the most important or difficult tasks at the time of your first high. If you have other important tasks, set them to the time of your seccond high. you can use the time of increasing or decreasing productivity to set less difficult yet important tasks. The lows are time to do easy tasks, that do not require much concentration, such as cleaning up, tidying, copying notes or packing something. Obviously, they are a good time for longer recovery- breaks as well.

It is ovious that it is not always possible to adjust tasks to one's biorhythm because of set appointments, unforseeable occurences or general wro
blank curve sheet
ng assessment. But try to include your biorhythm into your daily planning as often as possible.
I really hope that you found this article helpful and learned something from it and I will see you tomorrow!

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