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When Are You Most Productive?

In an ideal world, we'd spend every minute at work feeling motivated, energized, and productive. In the real world, that's definitely not the case. Most of us take a while to warm up in the morning, hit a slump in the afternoon, and burn out by the end of the day. Some of us feel sluggish on Mondays, others are restless on Fridays.

Of course, there are ways to work with these ups and downs; Lifehacker suggests tracking your productivity during your workweek and scheduling tasks according to your periods of peak productivity.

However you choose to deal with these ebbs and flows, when are you most productive?

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sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
In the morning or mid/late afternoon. After lunch is when I'm least productive, I just feel like taking a nap then...
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
4pm. that's when i realize that i have one hour to wrap things up if i want to leave on time. i get surprisingly efficient when there's the promise of going home...
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
I am most productive in the morning. Unless a have a big projest.I start to loss steam around 4:00pm.
mek123 mek123 7 years
Definitely I'm more productive in the morning. By mid-afternoon I'm ready for a nap. I like the idea of an office-wide siesta.
weffie weffie 7 years
at work, it's the 1st half of the day... after lunch i get wiped out (still pushing for an office-wide siesta!). but i tend to be "most productive" in the wee hours of the night, when i should be sleeping but suddenly get motivated to work around the house.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
never. i hate my job so much that it is impossible to get motivated to do anything.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
At night.. when I should be getting my beauty sleep. ARGH. I hate still being stuck in "college-mode." How do I break the cycle??
tripleee tripleee 7 years
Right when I get in the office in the am.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Morning until mid afternoon when I'm the most energetic......
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Afternoons. I'm not a morning person either.
duckiesandie duckiesandie 7 years
When I'm under pressure. I feel like some of my best work has stemmed from staring in the face of pending doom.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 7 years
Afternoons is when I'm more productive. I'm NOT a morning person, at all, so I tend to be sluggish and such in the morning. I'm also most productive on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for some reason. It's kinda funny.
lauren lauren 7 years
Morning when there is no one in the office! I love it!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm the most productive right after I get to work because I am usually well-caffeinated and my mind is clear. As far as the day of the week that I'm most productive, I'd have to say Monday...usually I get a TON done on Mondays after a nice restful weekend.
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