I’ve been doing some analysis for productivity’s sake, and I’ve figured out that there are a few times during the year that it really doesn’t make sense to expect much output. If you manage these times appropriately, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck at the times with fewer obstacles. Let’s take a look:
November? You must be joking. That’s almost Thanksgiving, which means there’s holiday prep to do, and early Christmas shopping.
Obviously December is out for the same reasons.
January? Are you mad? We’re recovering from the holidays.
February is too short to work. Why get started when you have to stop right away?
Pretty soon after that you get into that sweet, all-too-rare shoulder-season time when it’s far too pretty to work.
Then it’s Memorial Day, and you’ll want to take some time out for that, because you worked hard this spring.
Then it’s peak summer vacation time, so you’ll be off for that, as well as the post-Labor Day time when you can actually go enjoy the places that were too touristy all summer.
After that you’ll want to take some time off to enjoy the beauty of the fall leaves, and then it’s about time to bow out to get ready for Thanksgiving again.
So I’m just penciling this out—it looks like we have a solid week in March that is looking pretty good for productivity. Not that Monday, though, because it’s healthier to wind up slowly from a nice rejuvenating weekend. Same with Friday; you don’t want to brake too hard at the end. Wednesday you’ll want to take some time for a mid-week breather.
Tuesday and Thursday should be good. Obviously you’ll need the morning for exercise and errands but it looks like roughly 3pm (after post-lunch nap) to roughy 4pm (tea break and dinner prep) should work great.
See you from 3-4 pm that Tuesday and Thursday in mid-March.