Monday, January 12, 2009

Best Time of the Day for Passion, Creativity, Tough Tasks, Breaks, Collaborations and more.


Dance with your brain's natural power hours and you will naturally re-energize your day.

Sorry. I promised to post this info Friday but the bug continued … turns out I had some weirdo infection that required anti-biotics. Once again I am thankful to be a modern American woman.

In the “good old days” most of us were dead by forty, often due to something as innocuous as a sinus infection – if we survived childbirth. Then I am a happy American woman because there is no other country in this world where women enjoy such freedom, opportunity and respect. I celebrate all of this everyday. ( I had to explain those 3 words to another girlfriend today.)

Now … about the “Best Brain Time of the Day for Passion, Creativity, Tough Tasks, Breaks and Collaborations and more.”

Research by Lynn Hasher, PhD, a psych professor from the University of Toronto, indicates we are wired with ranges of brain power during the day. She suggests we work with this natural rhythm to be more productive and feel happier, more satisfied and energized.

I have been trying this out during the past week and I LOVE the schedule. Here is the “bottom line” scoop.

7 to 9 AM
Best time for … Passion
Take time to bond with your spouse and whisper sweet nothings in his ear and caress his bod. (May I add that I read somewhere that most couples are more than satisfied with a 7 minute “quickie.”)

9 – 11 AM
Best time for … Creativity
Take on projects that require creative problem solving or a fresh imaginative direction.Best time for analysis and concentration.

11 AM to 2 PM
Best time for … Tough Tasks
Tackle “chores” like errands, website updates, bill pay, emails, problem solving with your partner (business, significant other). Good time for presentations to clients.
(I am writing this piece during this time!)

2 to 3 PM
Best time for … A Break

Great time to take it easy and digest your lunch, morning and early afternoon accomplishments. Take a stroll with your, pray, meditate, stroke your purr friend, read something inspirational and unrelated to your work. You could also try one of my 15 minute “Power Problem Solving Naps.”

Just get comfortable. You can put your head on a desk like in grammer school or lay back in your lazy chair or couch. Dlose your eyes and put your problem out “there” in a “what do I need to do to …” or “how can I …” format. Nine times out of ten I wake up with a divinely inspired solution! You will too.

3 to 6 PM
Best time for … Collaboration

By this time of the day the brain is pretty tired. You won’t be as “sharp” but an easy-going and flexible attitude is perfect for conversations and collaboration. Also 1 + 1 = 3.
Use this time to join forces and create new, fun opportunities!

6 to 8 PM
Best time for … Personal Tasks
There is apparently lots of energy during these hours for “to dos” like cleaning rooms, cooking delicious meals, writing notes, dashing through errands.I’ll confirm this when I am totally recovered from this infection! This is the time, by coincidence?, that my husband and I packed away Christmas last night.

8-10 PM
Best time for … Relaxation
It is time to unwind and starting getting in the sleepy head zone. Take a walk with your dog then slip into a hot bath with Epsom salts, lavender essence oil and a paperback. If you’re going to watch TV make it something light, entertaining and comedic. Do something repetitious like knitting or sewing.

If you have trouble sleeping, click here for what works for moi.

10 PM Onward
Best Time for … Sleeping
This is the time to end your day on two up notes.

Journal: Write down 3 accomplishments for the day in your journal. If you are one of those Type A Perfectionists who never thinks anything is good enough! I’ll give you three of mine to use. Ready? …
1. Got out of bed; 2. Did my best; 3. Gave thanks for another day of life.

Inspired Reading: read something inspirational. I often end my day with 2 or 3 Catherine Ponder Pages, a Bible passage or another reading selection that lifts and relaxes my spirits.

There you have it. Eight distinct braniac times of the day and the best ways to use them to be more productive, balanced and energized. Use them to add joy to your day, everyday. And, if this has been helpful please forward the link to a friend.



There is no duty we so underestimate as the duty of being happy. By being happy, we bestow anonymous benefits upon the world.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


(c) Viveca Stone-Berry 2009


For more information on this topic: Synch Up To Your Brain's Power Hours By Sara Reistad-Long http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24650466/wid/11915829/

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3 comments:

Kathy Browning said...

This is very helpful. I've been feeling extremely tired since mid-December. I then realized that for the past 30 days my daily routine has been all messed up. Now that I'm getting back on track, these tips will help me better organize my time. Thanks for sharing!

SSmith said...

Great ideas to help life flow!

applxperience said...

I wonder those studies were conducted on 6am - 5pm people. I hardly have a breakfast, and if I did, I couldn't have lunch until 4pm…
If expect to be creative from 9-11, you should have breakfast at 6:30 at least, and so…
Now that I'm an independent web developer the best time of the MY day for creativity is… 5 hours after breakfast… and my breakfast is 10pm-1am!