Ever got to the end of the day and think “I wish I got more done today”? We’ve all hit that point before where a few extra hours in a day would’ve been a dream come true. But instead of relying on something that will never happen, a simple solution to optimising our daily tasks lie in doing certain things at our peak times.

Everyone has different peak times; you could be a morning person while your colleague might work better in the evening. Deciding when your peak time is the first step in being more productive throughout the day. So take a few days to note down some pertinent details about your body throughout the day. When are you most alert and have the most energy? What are the points where you start feeling your concentration slide? Only you can determine when your peak and non-peak time is. Once you’ve got that locked down, you can start planning out your work and activities accordingly. Here’s a quick guide to doing what when, most effectively.

1. Peak time

Plan to do things that require heavy concentration and brain work during this time. Activities that involve technical expertise and math, scheduling and planning are great things to do during this time as it is when you are best at eliminating distractions. You can also execute mechanical work most effectively, like fixing your laptop or working on the plumbing.

2. Non-peak time

Contrary to popular belief that non-peak time is when you get absolutely nothing done, it is actually the best time to get creative. When your mind is experiencing fatigue, you grow more vulnerable to distractions. Creative work typically involves thinking out-of-the-box and distractions help open doors to alternative solutions. So during this time, plan out activities like brainstorming sessions, art projects and creative writing to perform more effectively.

3. Exercise

Despite when your peak time is, exercise is still best done in the afternoon between 3 – 6pm. This is when your body’s risk to injury is the least, your lungs function strongest, your hand-eye coordination is sharpest and your joints and muscles are most flexible. Exercise during this time also helps you sleep better at night.

4. “Cheat” Peaks

Need to switch up your peak time for any particular reason? A quick way to “cheat” your way to a new peak time is to get your blood pumping. Going for a 30-minute run before a mentally-demanding activity can kick-start your body to work more efficiently and keep your mind more alert.

However, you could follow all the tricks in the book to optimise your day, but none of them will work if you don’t get sufficient sleep. Lack of sleep affects your body clock, which can lead to a drastic shift in your peak times. Think about the last time you tried to function on 4 hours of sleep – did you successfully accomplish everything you set out to do that day? Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, the best way to start your day is always to be prepared the night before – ensure that you get 8 hours of sleep and plan for a hearty and healthy breakfast with MILO® 3-in-1!