Last week over at The Simple Dollar, Trent Hamm posted “Good Hours, Not More Hours.” The post discusses that everyone has peak productive hours during the day where the most “to do” items will get done. They key isn’t to spend more time on those tasks, it’s to use your productive hours as best you can to work on these items and don’t waste that time on the “busy” work (like filing, filling out paperwork, etc). You’ll be more productive this way, and during your off hours when you’re likely worn out and not at your best, spend the time on the menial tasks that everyone has but don’t always get around to.


We think this is a great post! You know what your peak productive hours are. Dawn’s are in the afternoon and Keith’s are in the morning. If you’re able to block out all the “busy” work during that time (which usually also means no phone calls or emails), you can accomplish so much more than if you let yourself get distracted. On the flip side, your off hours are often wasted when you try to focus on the big projects that require too much “work.” You’ll likely have only half your brain working on the task and you won’t get much done.


We realize that this is not always possible, usually when you have a deadline coming up and you feel you need to work nonstop to get your project done. However, if you use your most productive hours as effectively as you can leading up to a deadline while still giving yourself and your brain a break during your off hours, you may find that you’ve accomplished more leading up to your deadline than you thought you would.


From The Simple Dollar:


First, if you feel yourself “grinding” against a problem at work, you’re not being very productive with it and would probably be more productive doing something else. If you possibly can, put the problem down for a while, shut off that part of your brain, and do something productive that doesn’t require you to think too much. That way, you’ll get the “boring” stuff out of the way during the hours where your mind isn’t working at top speed.

Second, and this is why I’m mentioning it on The Simple Dollar, the more productive you are at work, the better your job stability, chances of promotion, and potential for recruitment are. This stabilizes and improves your personal income, making your financial life that much easier.