Tip of the Week: Find Your Rhythm and Schedule Around It

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Marci Alboher of the New York Times Shifting Careers blog offers five useful time management tips this morning, including this one:

4. Find your rhythm and schedule around it. I work at home and I work best when I have large expanses of available time to troll the Web and let thoughts swim around in my head. Meeting people for lunch always derails me, yet for a while, I regularly met people for lunch. Then I got smart and instituted a fairly strong no lunch policy. Friends and colleagues teased me at first when I announced this. But they soon got used to my new approach, warming up to the idea of afternoon coffees. This works for me right now, but I’m sure I’ll find a new way of working six months from now. I’ll then tinker with my schedule again. Observe your schedule and notice the patterns you follow on your productive days. Then build a schedule around those patterns.

The great thing about web work is it often allows people to choose their own hours:

For many of us, one of the greatest things about web work is the flexibility that it allows us in our daily lives. We can, if we like, rearrange our schedule to take a midweekend. We can work in bursts, schedule ourselves to start early or work late, or even (like Travis of Young Go Getter) switch to a completely nocturnal lifestyle. Web work makes conventional notions of flex time look like just a pale imitation of the real thing.

How do you schedule your work according to your rhythm and energy?

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As long as I’ve got Last.fm on and a few iced teas on hand, I’m able to call on my rhythm and energy throughout the day.

Still much easier in the quiet of the night, but music and caffeine seem to do the trick for me.

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