5 Tips to Make Your Work Hours Work for You

Did you know that certain times of the day and week are better than others in terms of productivity? Learn to work smarter, not harder with these timely tips from Stephanie Vozza:

Send E-mails Smartly

According to a study conducted by e-mail tracking software provider Yesware, e-mail open rates are higher on the weekends, and e-mail response rates are higher in the morning. Don’t want to send e-mails on the weekends are get up early to make sure your messages are quickly responded to? Just use a scheduling program like Letter me Later to do the work for you.

Save Meetings for Tuesdays
Contrary to popular practice, Monday mornings are not the best times for a meeting. Monday meetings have traditionally low attendance and interaction, which makes them highly ineffective. Instead, schedule important meetings for Tuesday afternoons, when your employees have a higher chance of being both prepared and involved.

Choose Food First

Some of the worst decisions ever made were the result of an empty stomach. When it comes to tough decision making, give your brain what it wants and eat first, then everything will be easier.

Pick Mornings for Salary Discussions and Job Interviews

If you think the time has come for you to ask for a pay raise, don’t wait until mid-afternoon to meet with your boss, make time to ask in the morning. A Harvard University study has proven that people have a higher level of moral awareness first thing in the morning, and will be more likely to accept your terms. The same also applies to job interviews, as interviewers will give higher marks to potential candidates early in the day that they wouldn’t be so generous with later on, regardless of whether or not it is deserved.

Save Brainstorming for Later

Believe it or not, people do their best creative thinking when they’re on the tired side. Night owls have better ideas in the morning and morning people become more innovative at the end of a long day. So, while you should schedule your peak energy times to conquer difficult tasks, save you brainstorming for when the hard thinking is over.

One of the easiest ways for you to keep track of all these suggestions is to make this into a easy-to-read chart.

 

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What is one important work activity that you’ve learned to do that is counter to these recommendations?