25 Oct

Mornings: The Most Valuable Time of Day

Mornings: The Most Valuable Time of Day

Time management expert Laura Vanderkam posits that the morning is the best time to get things done. In her Fast Company article,
http://www.fastcompany.com/1839987/what-the-most-successful-people-do-before-breakfast , she says, “You’re less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. Your supply of willpower is fresh after a good night’s sleep. That makes it possible to turn personal priorities like exercise or strategic thinking into reality.”

Already a morning person myself, I agree with Vanderkam. I also recommend her short book, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, which goes into further detail about behaviorial studies and examples of successful people that start their days by excericising or brainstorming for work.

I think her most helpful tip to decide how to spend your time in the morning is to start by tracking your time. At RMC, we use an online time tracking system to log our time for client projects, but it never occurred to me that tracking how I spend my time could help in my personal life as well. For example, I have a couple of hobbies that I wish I had more time to do, so I plan to look at how I spend my time now to see where I can move chores or activities around in my schedule to make more room for my hobbies. Working on my personal projects in the morning would start my day out with a “win,” so I would be even more invigorated for my workday.

What do you think? Do you find you work better in the mornings or in the evenings?

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