This article will go through the best time of the day to do things in relation to your mental state of mind which in turn will make you more productive as a designer. I present to you… productivity tips for designers.
Please note, these are not hard and set times because as you can imagine, everyone has different life styles, schedules and working times.
8am – Face Your Fears Time
This is the quietest time for suicide so this is a good time to face your fears – Know that you have a deadline due at 1pm, know that you have 10 other projects to complete, know that your house needs cleaning, bills need paying and know that there is no end to it. Just make sure you know all this by 11 at night as this is suicide o clock.
9am to 10am – Work Time
Time to tackle your work here, these are the most productive hours (for the majority). Even Darren Rowse thinks so.
10am/11am – Chill Out Time
This is the time that most heart attacks occur so it would be good to chill out or have a break at this time. Coffee or morning tea break anyone?
12pm – Sex & Uncluttered Mind Time (If that can go together?)
If you fancy someone in your office or classroom, now is the time to go in for the kill. As James Sniechowski, author of the The New Intimacy explains: “People are more receptive to advances then, because their minds aren’t cluttered with what they have to do that day or what they have to do when they get home.”
Pretty much this is a great time to get your creative juices going as you have an uncluttered mind. You may also want to check out How To Boost Your Creativity.
1pm – Nap Time
The best time to have a power nap is at around 1pm when your body temperature naturally dips. An ideal power nap should last for 15 to 20 minutes.
2pm – No One Can Touch Me Time (FIG JAM)
This is the time that we have the highest pain threshold so it is a good time to ask for a promotion or get that dental filling you were meant to have last month but ‘accidentally’ missed.
3pm/4pm – Strength and Mood Time
Hand and eye coordination is at its peak and mood levels are high during this period so this would be a good time to have a break. Maybe go for a short jog or for the lazy… maybe some Photoshop Tennis.
This is also the time that people are most awake and alert so how about you do that one last proof now before sending your job to the printer. 4pm is also known to be the time in which you are least creative.
5pm – Happy Hour Time
We all know what 5pm means but did you know that your liver metabolises alcohol most efficiently at this time of the afternoon? After work drinks never sounded so good.
8.30pm – Sweet Sweet Food Time
Despite what many people think, eating late will not necessarily make you fat says Nigel Denby of the British Dietetic Association. “A calorie is a calorie whenever you eat it.” Dig in.
10.30pm – Sleep Time
A warm shower helps to make people fall asleep as body temperature needs to fall in order to help us sleep… I don’t think I have ever met a designer who does go to bed at 10.30… 10pm is also known to be the time in which you are most creative.
This article was originally written for Meryls 8th birthday bash celebration.
Have you got any more productivity tips? What is the best time of the day for you to design?