Find Your Chronotype and Schedule Your Productivity

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If only I had an extra hour a day, I would do much more things!” Does this sound familiar to you? No matter who you are, whether a freelance worker or a 9-to-5er, you need time to organize the working process, handle duties, communicate with clients, reply to every single message in your mailbox, boost inspiration, and find energy not to burn out while coping with all these things.Although the productivity theme has been discussed for many years, this topic is evergreen, so every new article can give you an insight, so don’t miss the chance to boost productivity and stop worrying about the time.

How Do Chronotypes Work?

Find Your Chronotype and Schedule Your Productivity
Find Your Chronotype and Schedule Your Productivity

Many of our past articles have discussed circadian rhythms and our natural sleep-wake cycle, but our chronotype dictates our body’s natural tendency to fall asleep and wake up at a certain time of day. Our biological clock is influenced by the presence of bright light and more specifically, the production of melatonin. But not everybody falls asleep when the sun goes down—chronotypes are the explanation for some people tending to stay up till the sun rises and others nodding off on the couch before ever even making it to their bed.

Your chronotype comes from the length of your PER3 gene and is dependent on genetic, environmental, and age-related factors. Your chronotype influences hormone levels, metabolic function, and body temperature, to name a few. While we cannot actively change our chronotype,  chronotypes can change as our bodies and brains age (which is why many night owls become early birds in later years).

So how do our circadian rhythms and our chronotypes work together? Remember, your chronotype is influencedby your PER3 gene (in addition to a number of other genes) and plays a role in many internal systems, so while your body may naturally produce melatonin in the evening hours and cease production in the morning hours like most, your chronotype can influence yourbody’s production of melatonin. For example, morning people are more likely to have earlier onset of melatonin where melatonin production may be slightly delayed in “night owls.” It’s also worth noting that light exposure can also suppress melatonin production and impede sleep.

When our chronotypes impact one’s desired sleep routine to the point of preventing normal day-to-day functionality, it’s a sign of a circadian rhythm sleep disorder.

Types of Chronotype

Find Your Chronotype and Schedule Your Productivity
Find Your Chronotype and Schedule Your Productivity

The first step in creating your personalized productivity schedule is determining your chronotype. This step is crucial because while most people follow the rhythm I’ve described so far—peak in the morning, trough in the afternoon, rebound in the evening—not everyone does.

According to Pink, there are three different types of chronotype: lark, third-bird, and owl:

  • Larks are what we would consider morning people. On their own accord—and not even because of work—they get out of bed before 7 a.m.

  • Third-birds are the most common chronotype. Third-birds are naturally inclined to wake up between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

  • Owls are night people. On days when they don’t have to get up for work or some other obligation, they don’t get out of bed until after 10 a.m.

Here’s why it’s important to understand your chronotype: While larks and third-birds experience the day in a peak, trough, and recovery, night owls experience the day in reverse: recovery, trough, and peak. So if you’re an owl, you’re most focused—and thus most able to complete analytical tasks—in the evening.

Some tips to  schedule Productivity 

Stay Healthy

Health first. The better you feel, the more productive you are. It’s quite logical, isn’t it?

However, most people don’t pay much attention to their health as they are focused on achieving business goals only. To be honest, it is a closed circle: it’s nearly impossible to be productive if you have some complaints about your health. Thus, try to stay healthy, and here are some tips how to do it:

  • form a habit to wake up earlier
  • do exercises
  • eat healthy food
  • take vitamins
  • stick to a bedtime schedule

The key to being energetic and productive is to stay healthy, so you should take care of your health. Moreover, healthy people have a better quality of their well-being, so they are satisfied with their lives and have more positive emotions daily.

Get Rid of Distractions

Let’s be real: it’s nearly impossible to be focused on doing something for a long time. Our brains need pauses from time to time, so we start distracting from the working process: everything seems much more interesting and attractive than ever!

To keep focused, you need to get rid of distractions. Thus, you should create a good working environment where everything has its place: put books on bookshelves, hide documents into lockers, and throw away drafts. All in all, do your best to improve productivity at your workplace.

After all, a positive working environment affects your working performance, and you start being more productive.

Quality Over Quantity

If you still believe that doing more things is better, stop thinking about it once and for all.

Successful people put quality first as they know that their services should be top-notch. The better you work, the more you can achieve. That’s quite logical.

Quality matters. Once you stop producing mediocre things, you start saving time as you don’t need to spend it on revising them. Next time you put quantity first, keep in mind that haste makes waste.

Communicate on the Go

Living in the digital era, we have useful things at our fingertips: a phone, a laptop, a tablet, etc. And it’s much more easier to do things mobile: communicate with clients, write notes, listen to a podcast, and explore new with mobile apps. It helps to save time as you can do some tasks while being caught in the traffic jam or waiting in the queue. Once you have an urgent task to contact your client to discuss the details, do it on the go!

Here are some tricks:

  • Make online conference with FaceTime or Skype/Viber/WhatsApp
  • Use a Bluetooth hands-free
  • Send voice messages to save time

Although you believe that such duties don’t need much time, you can become more productive if you start to do things on the go. Just give it a try!

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