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At What Time in the Day Are We Most Productive?

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When are you at your peak?​

It's 6:00am. Alarm clock's ringing. Begrudgingly you get up, throw on a pot of coffee, take a shower and are still moving slow as you are out the door and off to work. By the time we get to work, we feel that we are ready for the day. 

The other day, I found myself feeling exceptionally tired, not getting much work done even though it was 11:30 in the morning. I thought this strange because this seems like a time when I should have be most productive. I then experienced a burst of energy in the afternoon (no coffee or energy drinks). I wondered what the conne​ction was and so I decided to explore some research. The results were not entirely what I expected, and even helped me re-adjust my day accordingly in order to be more efficient with my time.

According to a recent study conducted by Hypersoft and its OmniContext users, the most productive time of day is at 9:00am with an average work intensity level of 52.04% working 6 times per week. At 1:00pm we are working 3 times per week with an average work intensity of 52.92%. Lastly at 8:00am, we work 2 times per week with an intensity of 57.1%. The take-away from this study could be that working on your most important tasks in the morning, and early afternoon is the most efficient method of productivity.

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With the rise in individual competition and a faster paced lifestyle thanks to technology, we are always trying to get caught up with something or someone. Whether it be concerning our job, our personal life, or even just catch up on some sleep. Personally, I have accepted the fact that I cannot do everything. However, I would like to be able to manage the things I can do, efficiently.  If I could calculate which hours I am most productive, I could better organize and prioritize my tasks for the day. Theses statistics above can be assumed for the average person, however individual working habits, sleeping patterns, mobility, and other factors all play a role in determining personal peak hours of productivity. After a short time using OmniContext myself and examining my own analytics, I determined that my highest work intensity hours are between 9:00—10:00am and 3:00—4:00pm​​. I now re-organize my priorities of the day, working on the most important projects during these peak hours.​

What times are you feeling most productive throughout the day? Let me know in the comments section, or find out what your personalized peak hours of productivity are by checking out OmniContext.​

Follow us on Twitter: @OmniContextPA | @John_W_Irvine

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Tags: analytics, big, data, quantified, self, self-tracking

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