How to Stop Wasting Time and Maximize Peak Performance

You wouldn’t intentionally choose a stupid way to work.

Everyone has a time of day when they are most efficient and effective – a peak performance time.

If you expect the best from others, you should know when they are at their best.

Adapt to maximize:

Adapt to individual peak performance times in order to maximize peak performance.

One person’s peak performance time is between 9:00 a.m. and noon. But your peak performance happens from 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  1. How are you protecting peak performance hours?
  2. How are you maximizing peak performance hours?

Acknowledge that people have peak performance hours.

Discuss how to minimize disruption to enhance peak performance time. The Yerkes-Dodson Law suggests that difficult or intellectual tasks require less stress.

Establish a rule. Everyone has the right to close their door and turn off their phone during a peak performance hour.

Give people control. You stress people when you control people. After discussing peak performance time, discuss how your team might maximize time and energy.

Tip: Don’t mess with top performers. Give them freedom. Poor performance requires intervention. Top performance earns freedom.

How are organizations hampering peak performance?

How might leaders acknowledge and honor peak performance times?

Bonus material:

How to be Healthier, Happier, and more Productive: It’s all in Timing (WSJ)

4 Ways to be more Productive, According to Experts (TIME)