Work when I am most productive


This blog post is also posted on lisettesutherland.com as a guest post. Lisette specializes in work-life fusion.

Some days I am super productive. I can work for 12 hours straight, whilst keeping quality and spirit up. Yes, I will be dog tired, but I consider these days to be good days.

Today is not a good day. Today I can’t get anything done. I’m looking at my computer and all I see is a blur of characters, lines and rectangles. Apart from efficiency, I know the quality of my work will suck. Today, I give up.

Some days are more productive than others. In the past, when I worked 9 to 5, I pushed through. Those were my productive hours. Dictated and enforced by the organization that I was part of. Today, I accept that not all days are good days. Productivity can only be summoned to a certain degree.

There are 168 hours in a week, and I choose to work 45 of them. I could work 9 to 6, and hope that these will be my most productive moments. I think this approach is dogmatic and just not good enough. My drive and passion forbids me to work when I cannot be efficient and effective.

As a business owner, nobody cares when I work. I am paid for the value I produce, not the hours I put in. I know I am most productive in the morning and the evening, on Mondays and on Sundays. These are the hours I should work, and maximize flexibility during the remainder of the week.

I realize that I am in a fortunate position. I have the opportunity to design my work around my lifestyle and peak productive moments. I like it. It’s liberating and recommended.

Epilog: after writing this, I went for a reinvigorating bike ride. A change of scenery worked wonders. Today became a good day.

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