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What time of day do you get your best work done?

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Chris Achard

Often it's right before bed πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ It's kind of a bad habit - I procrastinate during the day, and then smush in a bunch of work late at night. Anyone else do that? Any tips for not doing that? ... I probably just need to say, "no computer after 8" or something :)

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Franco Donati • Edited

For the timebeing I was able to overcome some procrastination though it comes and goes depending on the time of year, also I think some procrastination may be good. Mind you I suck at self control but this is what worked for me so far:

1) I blocked out all social media. I generated random passwords on all social media accounts and I did not save them. In this way I am not tempted to just have constant quick looks on useless posts. The steps to recover the passwords would make me snap out of it.

2) I like to read the news during the day. So I try to only do it for ~30 minutes when I get to the office and then at lunch time (sometimes I slip though).

3) I try to not think about the things I still have to do and I try to dedicate some time during the day to acknowledge the work I have done instead.

4) At the cost of boredom, I try to avoid having my laptop on most of the evenings in the working week. I know I suck at self control so sometimes I just leave my laptop in my office so I don't even have the option to cheat.

5) My phone is always on silent.Though I have the luxury of not having to work with clients.

6) But the most important thing of all, I stopped guilt-tripping myself for procrastinating. If I am procrastinating systematically there is a reason... I should solve that first if I want to stop doing it. Maybe I don't like a specific task I have to do, or maybe there are too many unknowns or skills I have to learn that it overwhelms me. Either way, if it happens - after the first moment of frustration - I try to stop what I am doing and reason on why I am procrastinating. Often identifying the cause is sufficient to make me stop procrastinate.

This is working pretty ok for me right now also because I throw some flexibility to the rules here and there.

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Chris Achard

I stopped guilt-tripping myself for procrastinating

That's a great point - when I'm procrastinating, it's because I'm avoiding something... what am I avoiding? Answer that question to really increase productivity :)

Thanks for your tips - good things to think about!

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yeah, guilt tripping aparently works against actually getting to stop what one is guilty about

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Hmmam Babe khuoja

Your self-control strategies are awesome man,
I remember that day when I left my phone on purpose silent at home and went out, but my father tried to call me to ask me to buy him something, and when I didn't answer couple of times he thought there might be something bad did happen the end of the story he went down the streets looking for me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Ben Lovy

If I am procrastinating systematically there is a reason... I should solve that first if I want to stop doing it.

It sounds so simple when stated like this :)

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Chris Achard

Haha... absolutely - easier said than done... (ugh) :)

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Duc Nguyen

Totally relate to this. I usually have to force myself to work sooner and when I have a break I can do things that I would normally do at the beginning of the evening.

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Stefan Dorresteijn

I get most of my work done "Tomorrow" or "Later"

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Donald Feury

Whenever our cats are asleep is my most productive time. It is noticably harder to work with a 15 pound Maine Coon on your lap.


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Ben Lovy

5:00a, which is frustrating because I rarely want to get up that early, usually pushing it to 5:30 or 6. When I do, though, it's clear-headed, focused productive time. Once the day gets rolling that focus starts getting muddled, and I usually find I can't think as effectively by bed.

I guess that's what introversion is all about - going about my day and interacting with people is a clear energy expenditure, no matter how positive the interactions are.

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Jenna King

Oh absolutely in the morning. I get to work at 6:30a and am able to get in the zone easily (well, most days). But the afternoons are a completely different story. I still code, but I try to focus on less complicated stuff or shift to emails/project tracking updates and so on.

It's funny cuz I never was a morning person until I hit my thirties.

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Matthew Daly

It's funny cuz I never was a morning person until I hit my thirties.

As I understand it, this is common. Apparently teenager's body clocks are primed to wake up late and go to bed late, while as we get older they slowly move forward.

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Mike Lockhart

In my (cough 40s) and now I'm definitely a morning person. If I can get a good start by 6 I'll be in the zone about 7 and come up for air and breakfast about 9. I peak between 10-11. When I was in my teens and early twenties I would regularly pull all-nighters though. I think having kids changes your sleep habits a lot too

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Mustafa Anas

Usually my peak I would say is 10PM to 3AM.
Im basically a batman :] but I try to keep my routine healthier so I work during the day as much as I can (still, not productive enough when there;s sun light)

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Steven Mercatante

Between 7am - 11am and 8pm - 11pm. Mornings are productive for me because I walk a mile every morning before work and have a high energy breakfast, and the evening (if I choose to work it) is productive because there are fewer interruptions and distractions.

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Saurabh Daware 🌻

2 o'clock in the night 😭🌻

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Gift Egwuenu

Depends for me I am more productive in the early hours of the day. Just after getting out of bed.

I spend most of the day moving around the web without doing much work and then going back into default productive mood at night. Pretty bad routine :(

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Jess Lee

It really really really depends on my mood!

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Robin Kretzschmar

I can totally relate!
Sometimes I am a total night owl and get a ton of work done at night but on other days I'm in the mood the get up early and get things done before everyone else is waking up / comes online.

Also connected to the weather sometimes... sounds crazy but I love to watch thunderstorms and the rain outside and this is the best weather to stay in and take a night shift :)

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Glenn Street

I'm a big believer in getting up early and getting things done before I leave for the office. I find that my best work happens then. I wasn't always like this, but have trained myself over the years to become a morning person.

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Heval Hazal Kurt

Mostly the day before the deadline, that's my most productive hours :)

But usually, I don't like to be interrupted, so the best time for work was just after waking up in the morning, and late at night. If I don't start working as soon as I wake up in the morning, I spend my whole day hanging around, looking from one subject to another.

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Dani Meier

from 5 AM to 7 AM
from 10 PM to 1 AM

... which is a very unhealthy combination πŸ˜‰

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Tammy Lee

Inspiration tends to hit me in the morning so I write/art first thing in the morning to capture ideas then refine them in the evening or pass writing off to my PA for editing and polish.
Coding is best from about 9am to 2pm.
Meetings are best from 2pm to 5pm.
My evenings are for consumption; courses, article reading, videos.

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Dzhavat Ushev

Most days I'm more productive in the morning when my mind is still fresh and sharp. But it depends a lot on the task and the progress made during the first fifteen minutes.

I usually start my tasks with a lot of enthusiasm and motivation. But if for some reason I get stuck on something right from the beginning and need to spend a lot of time researching how to solve it, then the initial enthusiasm kind of wares out and things start to get boring.