We’re going to make an assertion, but as a preface, we’re just going with our guts here.
Your 2 most productive hours in the workday are the hour right before you head home for the day and the hour before a deadline.
It might not be the most pleasant part of the day, but it’s the time we’re most likely to get stuff done.
We feel the pressure and focus that comes with a scarcity of time.
Now, is that by design?
Our brains naturally have more productive and less productive times.
For most people, our brains are the most active in the morning, least active in the afternoon, and we get a bump in productivity in the evenings. (If you want a deeper dive into this, check out the brilliant book by Daniel Pink When)
Can we reorient our schedule throughout the day to maximize the times when our brains are the most primed for work?
Can we give ourselves shorter deadlines?
And if you’re in charge of your own schedule, a shorter workday?
Work tends to expand to fill the space that it’s allowed.