Following your own body rhythms

When I got into consulting, I was thrilled by the idea of waking up when I wanted. Even today, I love being able to set my own hours. I can work late at night, in the afternoon, on weekends — whenever it suits me.

Some people like the idea of being able to work by their own body rhythms (also known as circadian rhythms). I’ve never explored the scientific side of those sorts of rhythms, but I do know that I function much better when I start working at 10 am than when I start at 6 am, no matter how much sleep I got the night before. In fact, when I was a teenager working at a fast food restaurant, my boss observed that my work went three times as fast when I was on the night shift. So he moved me to afternoon and evening shifts.

What time of day do you work best?

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Ronald says:

Well, on the downside, as an self employed entrepreneur, it’s possible to get sucked into the job and work way too much. It happens to everyone who takes it seriously enough and is called the entrepreneurial trap, working in your business to get clients. Maybe you can talk about that as well in a later post.

Andrea says:

You’re absolutely right. I’ll make a note to post about that later.

Chad Kellers says:

I get up around 10 and start work around 10:45. I usually wind up by 6:30 pm. I make dinner while I’m working so it’s not a big deal to work till then. And there’s no commute!