What's the Best Time of Day to Get Work Done?

When it comes to on-the-job success, the early bird really does catch the worm, new research suggests.

According to a nationwide survey by TCG, 63 percent of advertising and marketing executives said they feel most productive in the morning. When it comes to generating new ideas, 72 percent of respondents said they feel most creative before noon. Take a look at our infographic for a breakdown of the results, which we recently shared in a press release.



How to Become a Morning Person

I'm an early riser and get the most done before lunch, whether I'm at the office or working from home. But I know not everyone feels bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when they first wake up. But, as TCG executive director Diane Domeyer says, "Starting the day on a strong note can mean the difference between getting ahead or falling behind at work, and avoiding long hours at the office." As someone who arrives at the office before 8 a.m. and rarely stays past 5 p.m., I could not agree more.

Want to become more of a morning person? Consider these five tips for kick-starting your workday, as outlined in the release:

  1. Make a plan. Over-ambitious scheduling can be a recipe for failure and compels you to take unfinished work home. Spend 10 minutes at the beginning of each day (or the evening before) creating a realistic to-do list for the day ahead. Prioritize tasks that are the most time-sensitive and important to the business and plan the next eight hours around them.
  2. Sharpen your focus. People are more efficient when working for an extended period in the same mental mode, as opposed to changing gears frequently. Try to cluster tasks that require similar effort or resources in the same time frame.
  3. Limit distractions. Many creative professionals find inspiration from browsing blogs, websites and social media. To maximize productivity without cutting off sources of creative stimuli, set designated periods to surf the Web in the afternoon or after you've completed a major to-do. Also, turn off email and app notifications so you're not tempted to review messages as they arrive.
  4. Don't delay. Even peak performers occasionally put off working on unpleasant or overwhelming assignments. One effective way to overcome procrastination is to break a project into smaller tasks.
  5. Recharge. Taking short breaks can help you replenish your energy and fight fatigue.

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