Studies have found that early birds are generally happier than night owls in the business world. A normal work day is 8am-5pm, but studies show that those that get in early, are also the employees who are the most productive.
Andre Jensen, an efficiency consultant from Sozo Firm in Shrewsbury, PA, notes that there are a few things the high-functioning, productive, and more awake employees have completed before lunch:
- A work to-do list, made the night before
- While most agree creating a to-do list is an efficiency practice the debate remains on when is the best time to do it: morning or night. Jensen’s reasoning for siding with night time compiling includes the fact that doing it in the morning takes up some of the most productive work time. A benefit to this includes allowing you to get it off your mind and get a better nights rest.
- Routine morning exercise
- Exercise improves mood and energy levels and those employees who work out before or during their work day are found to have better time-management skills and improved mental sharpness, and even making them more patient with peers!
- Check in with employees/boss
- Set goals and check on progress of your team members. If your closest work associates aren’t productive, then neither are you!
- Avoid morning meetings
- If you have any say, schedule meetings for the afternoons. Mornings are the most productive time of your work day; so get to work!
- Take mid-morning breaks
- Take 10 minute breaks occasionally to take personal time to get your mind off of your work. Checking personal email, Facebook, Twitter, or just standing up and stretching increases employee satisfaction.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?