When Are You The Most Productive At Work?

Although it feels like you can concoct the perfect recipe for energy levels and productivity at work, it isn’t always that simple. Caffeinated drinks and limited distractions help play a role, but in order to get the most value out of your time there is a lot to learn about productivity.

One of the most frequently asked questions is what is the most productive work day during the week? Some might guess it’s the beginning of the week because of a good weekend refresh, while others may feel it’s towards the end of the week to meet deadlines.

The most productive day of the week is Tuesday, with Monday following closely behind. To maximize your time, we recommend rearranging your schedule to put your most time-consuming and strenuous projects at the beginning of the workweek.

Another way to maximize your time is to learn when you are the most productive throughout the day based on your internal clock. Every person has a unique circadian rhythm that determines energy levels throughout the day and can heavily influence when you are the most productive during work.

Understanding your chronotype and sleep cycle is the best way to determine your daily productivity. A chronotype is a classification system to understand when you are most active and tired throughout the day. The four types of chronotypes are Bear, Wolf, Lion, and Dolphin.

Bear

The Bear chronotype is people that sleep from 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. These types of people make up 55% of the population and have more of a continuous flow of energy throughout the day.

It is recommended that these people schedule the most productive part of their day from 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. and schedule meetings in the morning.

Wolf

The Wolf chronotype is people that sleep from 12 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. These people make up only 15% of the population and are more productive from 5 P.M. to 12 A.M.

It is recommended that those that classify as Wolf should get ahead on work when they feel the most awake.

Lion

The Lion chronotype is people that sleep from 10 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. These people make up only 15% of the population and are more productive from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M.

It is recommended that those that classify as Lion should listen to their bodies when they are growing tired at the end of the work day and end the day by taking time for themselves.

Dolphin

The Dolphin chronotype is people that sleep from 11:30 P.M. to 6:30 A.M. These people make up only 10% of the population and are more productive from 3 P.M. to 9 P.M.

It is recommended that those that classify as Dolphin take breaks throughout the day to reset and recharge.

Once you classify your chronotype and get a better understanding of your personal productivity, it will make your workday significantly more successful.