Have you ever seen stories online about how “successful” people like Richard Branson and Tim Cook wake up when it’s still dark out and thought, “I’d rather sleep in than be successful”?
The problem with this logic that getting up early equates to success is that it isn’t really logical.
Every person is different, which means you should get up when you feel rested, schedule your work hours when you’re in peak concentration mode, and only work the number of hours that you can reasonably manage.
So long as it doesn’t impede your ability to talk to clients or prospects in real-time, there’s nothing wrong with working during your body’s and mind’s ideal schedule. Just don’t forget to factor in breaks.
This is a big part of The Pomodoro Technique. It goes like this:
- Set a timer for 25 minutes.
- Start the timer and work on a single task without breaking your concentration.
- When the timer rings, stop and take a short break.
This cycle will repeat four times. At the end of that time, you’ll be able to take a longer break. It’ll then start all over again.
While 25 minutes is how this particular technique batches time, again, it’s important to find your ideal pace and number of breaks. You might find that 25 minutes is too short a time to complete your website tasks and it would be better to set the timer for 60 minutes. As long as you don’t lose concentration, that’s fine.