Hit That "Blurgh" Time Again? Don't Fret, Says Dan Pink, It's Part Of Your Daily Cycle
There is actually a perfect time of day to do utterly meaningless tasks...
or, even better, to do nothing at all.
"Up, down and up again. Now in order to figure out when to do the right thing you have to ask what your "type" is. Are you an early riser? Are you a late riser?"
If you are an early riser, you will get a "peak" in the morning, then hit a "trough" or dip and finally will "rebound" or enter a recovery period later in the day (unless you are a night owl).
Pink says we typically hit our "dip" around seven hours after we wake up.
In terms of getting stuff done, the peak time is evidently where you will feel - and be - the most productive. For insights and ideas, that can come later in the day says Pink, as he points out that the recovery time is when you are likely to be more creative.
The key is what do you do when you hit that slump? Pink says not very much - at most do things which aren't particularly challenging.
The trick is to get to know your cycle, to make the most out of the peak and recovery periods - and to not beat yourself if you can't deliver during the "dip". Make the most of it. Take that nap.
Perhaps the Spanish are on to something, Siesta, anyone?