My Most Effective Workday Schedule, and How You can Find Yours, too

By Katie Corbett

As I have been contemplating the shift from working a set schedule at an office to doing my own work from home, I wondered how I would adapt and stick to a working schedule that would give me the freedom and flexibility I want yet assist in the growth of a business. I decided to turn to science for the answers.

In “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” Daniel H. Pink provides much information to aid in the development of an ideal plan. My ideal work schedule, according to science is:

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast, light reading, meditation/prayer
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Writing, strategic planning, strategic sales calls
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Light editing, admin work, updating databases
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Nap/reading for pleasure
4:00 p.m. onward: Dinner, networking, hobbies, creative pursuits

It is my hope to one day adopt this schedule. It mirrors pretty closely the schedule I’m working now, since I work from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. I’ve discovered I like that work schedule and it works for me. When I’m working totally for myself, however, I’ll probably pull a Tim Ferriss and take Mondays and/or Fridays off—maybe both. (Tim talks about it in “The 4-Hour Workweek”, if you want to look it up.) Because, after all, what’s the fun of working for yourself without the flexibility?

I didn’t go into the science of things because I want you to read the book for yourself and figure out your own ideal schedule. Give “When” a thorough read and use it to find your ideal schedule. There are different types of people in the world, and everyone has a different body chemistry and circadian rhythm. What works for me might not work for you—especially if you’re a night owl. Remember to experiment and have fun with the experience.

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