As the long summer days come to an end, you might start to feel like time is running out - there isn’t as much time to engage in activities, see friends, or be productive before the sun goes down. The daylight hours may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel shortchanged. Today we’re talking about working with your body’s natural circadian rhythm so that you can maximize your time and bring the energy of summer with you into fall. Here are some tips for building and adapting your schedule through this seasonal change for optimal productivity.
You’ve likely noticed that you feel more alert, focused, and productive during certain parts of the day and have lower energy and drive at others. This pattern has to do with yourchronotype, also known as your natural circadian rhythm. Most people fall into one of two groups: early birds (you have the most energy in the morning and early afternoon) and night owls (you have the most energy in the evening).
Once you know and understand your unique internal clock, you can use that knowledge to your advantage by planning your days around when you’re most alert and focused. For example, if you notice that you feel your best and are most focused in the mornings, use this time to do analytical work, make decisions, or partake in activities, and use the evenings for relaxing or engaging in insightful or creative activities. You may be surprised at how adjusting your schedule can benefit you and your productivity.
How many times have you said you were just going to quickly check your Instagram or Tiktok account and end up scrolling through pictures for much longer than you wanted? Without awareness, you can easily fall prey to time-wasting patterns like this. Meditation is a great way to improve your awareness and time management skills. When practiced regularly, it can help you notice when time is getting away from you and bring your attention back to whatever you’re doing in the present moment.
Mindful productivity, a term coined by blogger Sarah Steckler, involves paying attention to your well-being throughout your day and adjusting your actions based on your mental and physical state at any given moment. While you might think that paying so much attention to your well-being may hinder your productivity, it actually does the opposite. Taking care of yourself and tuning into your needs ultimately helps you meet your goals more effectively. To practice this, try checking in with yourself every couple of hours or so to reflect on what’s working and what’s not and make changes, if necessary.Sitting in quiet meditation for five minutes is a great way to tune in!
The long summer days may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice that summer energy. By getting in tune with your mind and body you’ll be able to maximize your time, increase your productivity, and get the most out of your days during seasonal transition.