How might we...
- How might we work more strategically?
Tracking my energy, focus, and mood every hour for a week will reveal natural rhythms that will help me optimize my day.
Every waking hour for seven days, track Energy, Focus, and Mood on a five point scale in a Google Spreadsheet. Set a calendar reminder to make sure I update the log. Carry around a small notebook when I’ll be away from digital devices.
After seven days, analyze the data and see if there are trends.
- Did I successfully track for a week?
- Are there usable patterns that emerge from the log?
I only managed to successfully track for 3.5 days. When I was home, it was fine (but still difficult). When I was traveling, it was impossible. Over the weekend, I went to a wedding that was far away, and that completely disrupted my logging.
Still, one pattern was clear. I didn’t notice any cycles per se, but I did notice a strong, steady focus in the morning through lunch, then a gradual decrease in energy and focus, with no up-swing afterward.
Possible future experiments: What activities could I do to create an up-swing after my post-lunch decline?
Try to move all meetings (especially non-essential) to the afternoon, so I can reserve my mornings for focused work.