Choosing The Best Time Of Day To Study

This is potentially the most important factor when it comes to concentrating on your studies.

We all run on a circadian rhythm, which means that your energy goes through peaks and valleys throughout the day. This will vary person to person. As a general example, while to a certain extent we can change when we get up and go to sleep, the reality is that some of us are wired to be morning people, and others night owls.

What’s important is that we find the most effective time for us to use our mental energy.

Here’s a simple experiment that I have used to increase my work output. Set an alarm on your watch and phone that goes off on the hour every hour that you are studying. When the alarm goes off, note the time and give yourself a score out of ten in terms of how much energy you have and how productive you’ve been.



Do this for two weeks and you will start to see when you peak concentration times are. For me, my energy is highest from 9 am to 2pm, however before 10 am and after about 12.30 pm my productivity is lower. This means that 10 am to 12 pm is the best time for me to put the most important tasks of the day.

Further Reading:Further Reading: The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy

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