The Early Bird Catches the Worm

“The early bird catches the worm or early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Many people find it difficult to wake early and start the day. They often complain that they had a late night.

Let us look at what is accomplished after 10 PM.  You could sit at a bar and drink alcohol, you might watch a movie in a cineplex, you could be sitting in a restaurant eating a meal or being a couch potato wasting time watching late night television.

All are not productive use of your time and eating late in the day is not healthy.

Instead go to bed by 10 PM, awaken by 6AM. Have time to jog or other exercise, go over details of speeches or agenda planning. Take your time to have a nutritious relaxed breakfast to fuel your day.

Studies have shown people are at their most productive between 6AM and 11AM in the morning.

“When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write… You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and you know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.”  Ernest Hemingway

Humans are more productive during morning hours. The most productive time of the day is between 6AM and 11AM for creative people with over 68% of people at their peak for  performing/productivity and having the creative juices flowing. The 3PM to 6PM period was the best time to do routine paper work, attend meetings or  labour that keeps you moving.

The worst time of the day for productivity is between 12PM and 2PM.  Only a low percentage of studied people responded well during that time period. There are many reasons for this low performance but they all reach the same conclusion about performance levels.

Conclusion-Get your team active in the morning, training, planning, making phone calls and then between 3PM and 6PM get the physical labour, running errands, and meetings done.

Being an early riser also indicates  a productive person.

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