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Most productive time to work

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Golden Hour.”

There are a lot of theories, that are trying to increase your productivity and get better results at work. Some are plain silly, and some are really working. People are different and everyone can find something, that works for them.

Some say that the first two hours after waking up are the most productive. And instead of long breakfast, twitter-facebook-instagram checking and an hour long commute to work, you should prepare your to-do list for the next day in advance. This gives you the chance to tackle the most important tasks of the day just in time when you are the most productive.

Another theory based on research and the use of an app called DeskTime suggests that you should take 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work. This can boost your creativity and focus, that are so much needed for work, that requires a lot of concentration. There is a catch – these 17 minutes should be spent away from a computer, not just watching cute cat pictures or youtube.

I use a combination of both to increase my productivity. When I come upon a task, which I do not understand, or which requires precision and concentration, I try to schedule the task in the first three hours of my workday. And for the frequent brakes I use my water-glass as a measurement. Every time when I drink it empty, there is a valid reason to get up from my desk, to walk to the kitchen, to talk to colleagues a bit, to get a new drink and to come back. Some minutes away from a computer can be quite refreshing.

Which theory of most productive time to work do you support?