You wake up, get dressed and get everything ready, then commute to work. It takes around an hour. And you think this is just another normal day.
But researchers say the first 90 minutes are really important. It’s when you have the most energy and willpower. If you do something meaningless, it’s just wasting your willpower.
Really? I feel tired in the morning. And if the first 90 minutes are really important what should we do to make sure it is well-spent?
Although some people might consider themselves as night owls who perform better at night, research shows we are most active in the morning. We’re more focused, even if our mind says otherwise.
To do our most creative, productive work, we need to be in step with our body’s natural rhythm. Researchers call this our “ultradian rhythm.” It’s a cycle that’s present in both our sleeping and waking lives. During each cycle, there are peaks when we are most energized and periods of exhaustion. When we focus on one vital task to tackle each day, we can take advantage of our energy peaks to do it. This is what you need to know to get more done at the right time of day.
To make sure you spend the first 90 minutes well, we suggest:
- Read for 10 minutes
- Create a story by using two random words to boost your creativity
- Stretch your mind by brainstorming 10 ideas on a topic
- Listen to podcasts during commute
- Plan your day
- Do the most difficult task of the day
- Reply messages
- Browse social media
- Watch TV drama
- Check emails