“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”
– George Bernard Shaw
According to my friend Tony Kirton at Neurozone, brain research tells us that afternoons and late evenings are not the best time to work. Morning hours and the early evening are the optimal times for brain productivity. It seems the idea of an afternoon siesta is a legitimate option for increased mental productivity, yet Western culture seems Hell-bent on the false belief that more hours equal higher productivity.
We still operate with an assembly line / industrial mindset despite overwhelming data that it no longer works in the information age. Our workforce wants to be mobile and free from the typical constraints of the 9 to 5 office environment, where interruptions and commute time kill that ever so crucial creative spark.
My conversation with Tony got me thinking about how I want to set an intention in how I work, live, and play. When I reflect on my week, I know my greatest production comes between 7 and 11 am, then again from about 4 till 8 pm. That gets me 8 hours out of the day. However, I have my kids to get to school from 7:30 till 9 and I have to pick them up and get them dinner in the evening. Both of these responsibilities fall right in my productivity zone. That is if I decide to stick to the idea of a five-day work week.