Help an afternoon person become a morning person!
March 24, 2011 9:57 AM Subscribe
I naturally get a strong productivity burst in the late afternoon/evening . Unfortunately, this doesn't sync up well with the actual hours of my 8-4 workday. How can I shift my biological clock to let me get stuff done earlier in the day?
The work I do is focus-intensive, semi-creative and pretty self-directed, so being "in the zone" vs. not makes a HUGE difference in how much I can accomplish-- and there are also issues with procrastination and ADD, so even at the best of times I've got a fairly tenuous hold over my workflow. Consistently, despite layers and layers of resolutions and timers and internet locks and external structure, I find myself frittering away the morning hours unproductively, then being able to sit down effortlessly and work starting around 2PM. If I'm uninterrupted, I can keep working well through 9-10 PM. But I've got a family, so in reality I generally have to cut things off around 4 to go pick up the kids, start dinner, etc., etc., leaving me with an average of two (!) hours of actual work per day.
The rest of my life schedule is unlikely to change, so I'd really like this 2PM productivity burst to arrive about 5 hours earlier. Has anyone had any success with permanently re-working their body's circadian rhythms into a more convenient shape? Is there anything I can do to my eating/sleeping/whatever practices that might help reset this?