This time of day is the best for optimal productivity

Have you found you do better work at certain times of the day? Do you change your routine or habits to account for your productivity dips and spikes? Are you aware of when your brain and body feel the best?

Let’s dive into what time of the day is best for optimal productivity.

What our body clock says

To better understand how to be more productive at work, it’s important to understand your biological clock. Since the beginning of humanity, the Sun is a big part of our history. 

Sun gods and goddesses have played a big role in many ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Daytime and nighttime matter to us — probably more than we realize.


We have timers in our bodies that control the rhythm between night and day. You can notice your inner clock the most when you are jet lagged or stay up for a long time. You experience a signal in your body that tells you should sleep because your internal body clock is out of whack.

Timing matters to our bodies.

Your body clock says you when to sleep and when to wake up. This started when you were a baby. Your internal clock monitors your need for sleep based on how long you have been awake.

Sleep enables your body to repair your heart and blood vessels. It ensures you are ready for another day. Its your body telling you that you should get rest so you don’t gain weight and increase your chances of heart disease and the duration of an illness.

It’s all about timing

“Timing in life is everything.”

— Jim Sculley, American businessman, entrepreneur, and investor

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to optimal productivity. The timing of things has given rise to the science of time, also known as chronobiology. This a branch of biology examines the day-night cycle or the natural physiological rhythm in living organisms. It examines timing processes, including adapting to solar rhythms.

Timing is important when it comes to productivity.

Do you know when you are at the peak of your productivity?

If you ask a lot of people when they are most productive, most would probably say the morning. I would say I’m the freshest and most productive in the morning.

Productivity study

study by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics observed thousands of student-exams. For the study, they watch students take exams during three different times to understand the link between time-of-day and productivity on cognitive tasks during the day.

The times they observed:

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m.

What time do you think was the winner? Morning? Lunchtime? Late afternoon?The researchers concluded the peak performance occurred at 1:30 p.m. It’s interesting that this time was the winner since it’s usually after you eat lunch.

You may be tempted to take a nap because you get sleepy after eating a lot of food.

Yet, the study shows that the middle of the day is when students performed the best on their exams.

To take advantage of this research, you should consider eating lunch earlier in the day, say 11:30 a.m. or noon. It depends on when you start your day. Ideally, you should eat lunch four to five hours after you eat breakfast.

Bringing it all together

It’s important to listen to your body clock and figure out your most productive time so you can excel at your job. During your most productive time, you should complete your essential, important work tasks.

There’s one big takeaway from this study: schedule your lunchtime wisely and listen to your internal body clock. Find out the ideal time of day that works for you. Timing is everything, especially when it comes to your productivity.

What time of day are you the most productive?

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