I’ve been rolling hard with Rich and Anthony to finish up the beta-testing of our next major release of Connect.
I’ll probably blog the highlights because this release contains the most new stuff since our second version, when we moved to the Mix codeline and added groups. There will be a ton of awesome new stuff, which we’re hoping will take Connect to the next level.
In addition, Paul and I have been cranking out top-secret stuff, which is of equal priority. So, I’ve been trying to be as efficient as possible.
I learned long ago that I’m at my most productive between 0600 and 1200, and I usually perk up again after 1600. Yeah, I sometimes use military time for giggles. I use these times to do hardcore thinking like designing stuff or reading that I really need to retain.
This is my time for sustained, logical or creative work that requires discipline and quiet. When I worked at an office, I used to arrive around 0700 due to a long commute (Tim and David can vouch), and it was bliss for the first two hours because I had peace and quiet.Oddly, I tend to get more ideas late at night, which is weird to me. As the day goes on, I usually feel like my head fills up with random thoughts, all banging around in there. Nevertheless, as soon as I rest for a minute or lie down to sleep, all these ideas and forgotten to-dos bubble up out of the goo.
No joke, I usually get up two or three times to write stuff down before I fall asleep. I tried keep pad and paper by the bed, but the cat kept hiding them.
From about noon through most of the early afternoon, I’m sluggish from eating, and I don’t retain written information very well. I like to use this time for meetings, since the interaction keeps me awake. I also do testing in the afternoons frequently because it’s often mindless repetition.
I’m sure my bug reports show how sluggish I am.
What about you? When are you at your best? Do you schedule work around your circadian rhythms? If you have kids, I’ll bet it’s a lot tougher.
Do you have lifehacks you use to power through afternoon sleepiness? If so, I’m all ears.
Sound off in the comments.