Mastering the Art of Productivity: The Power of Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time
Jan 18, 2023
Doing things at the right time can help us get more done faster and with less effort. This is where Kairos comes in - it's a Greek word that means the perfect time and place for something to happen.
['kīräs] noun, Greek
The perfect, delicate, crucial moment; the fleeting rightness of time and place that creates an opportune atmosphere for action, words, or movement.
To figure out when the right time is for an activity, we need to understand our internal biological clock, also known as Circadian Rhythm. This controls our sleep-wake cycle and affects our energy, focus, hormone production, metabolism, and mood throughout the day.
When we're doing something at the right time, we perform better. But we're slower and less efficient when we try to do something at the wrong time. Studies using Nobel Prize-winning research have shown that we can align most daily activities with our internal body clock. For example, morning people do better with analytical tasks in the morning and creative tasks in the afternoon. Evening types have more creativity after they wake up and should do analytical tasks later in the evening.
There's a best time for everything, from exercise to learning new things, deep work, and household chores. When we match our tasks with our natural rhythms, we can do more in less time and improve our performance and well-being. Remember, mastering productivity isn't about having more time, it's about doing the right thing at the right time.