Maximize Your Intervals With Peak Workflows

 Photo by Christin Hume

Photo by Christin Hume

If you have a day job and are working on a side hustle, this article is for you. I have a full-time job and am always looking for ways to improve my methods.

It’s not always just getting to work. Take into account that fact that you have limited energy. The way you go about your work, the process, is just as important as the work itself.

I’ve gotten good at getting more done in less time. In one of my articles, I talked about how I work with intervals. This method has skyrocketed my productivity.

I’d like to say some impressive statistic, by 1000 percent, but I don’t have an exact number to throw at you. I just know that it works. If you use the interval method you will get more done than you thought possible, and feel better as a result.

There are many tasks that you have to complete when you have a goal. How are you attacking them now?

When you break down any goal, there is peak time when you are at your best at a given task.

Your job is to be aware of when your peak workflows are and work your tasks around that time.

Consider this an addendum to that this article:

Breaking Down Your Goal Into Tasks

When I write, I start the same way. I write everything out by hand with a blue pen in a notepad. You might think this is old fashion or a waste of time — why don’t you just type it up as you write it — but it’s part of my creative process.

My hand has to flow across the page as I’m working out my ideas. Of course I’ll have to type it up later, but in the beginning, the tic tic tic of the keyboard doesn’t groove for me.

The writing part of my tasks of “Article” is the easy task. The 2nd task, typing up and editing the articles, is what really drains me. I’m not excited to do it when I have the free time at 11:00 p.m. I want to drink some wine, read, and go to sleep.

During the week I have just enough mental juice left at night to do a 30-minute writing interval, but not a 30-minute typing interval. It takes more focus and care to edit, correct, re-word, polish. I need to be fresh and clear for that.

 Photo by Lurm

Photo by Lurm

Improve your overall workflow — don’t allocate a time when you are not ready to work on that aspect of the project. Reserve an ideal time and use it solely for that given task.

We have limited time, but even harder, we have limited energy. Practice the art of conservation of your energy.

I run into trouble when I force myself to do a task I’m dreading in a non-peak time. That’s just setting yourself up for procrastination.

You’ll think, nope I’m not doing that right now. I’m tired. The problem is not the task, it’s the time when you try to make yourself do it.

There’s a right time for everything. Part of being productive is knowing the times and days when you are productive with specific tasks.

Here is how my intervals look now:

  • Writing intervals throughout the week

  • Typing intervals on the weekend when I have longer stretches of uninterrupted time

I’m sure you completed the same task on different occasion and had better luck on one of them. What do you think was the difference? The work was the same. It was your state of mind.

Be aware of when you have a high state-of-mind for each task of a goal. You have peak workflows for every type of task you want to accomplish.

Don’t work blindly just because someone told you that you have to grind, hustle, all the time to get things done.

Break your intervals down, then work on them at the time when you are at your peak for that given task.

Work is important, but so is how you go about your work. Make sure you’re in the right peak.