Hit That "Blurgh" Time Again? Don't Fret, Says Dan Pink, It's Part Of Your Daily Cycle
So, you wake up, feel motivated, feel on point - today is the day. And for a few hours you are on fire, you feel like you're really getting somewhere.
And then you hit that slump. Suddenly all that optimism you had has gone out the window and a different self emerges: one who could not give a sh*t. About anything, least of all the stuff that got you out of bed this morning.
It's the dreaded Afternoon Slump and while we might not pay it too much attention, Dan Pink advises learning more about your rhythms to make them easier to handle.
Pink says our mood, motivation and productivity levels follow pretty regular patterns throughout the day, every day.
So you will get a "peak" (if you are an early bird it will be 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).
The peak time is evidently where you will feel - and be - the most productive and 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 the most out of each part of the cycle that is appropriate - and not beat yourself if you can't deliver during the "dip" - no-one can, apparently.