Yoram Yasur Blume | There are early risers that work best in the early hours of the morning, and there are nocturnal people who work at maximum capacity during nighttime hours. This difference is essentially due to their circadian rhythm, a natural cycle that follows our body and that repeats every 24 hours.
In fact, we work better when we’re alert, clearheaded and with a metabolism running at full capacity. On the contrary, we will be slower and commit more errors when the circadian rhythm is low.
Most people know these cycles of productivity, albeit intuitively, and know when is the time of day when they are most productive. In fact, it is likely that even you have organized your schedule based on those swings in productivity, to maximize your circadian rhythm.
“It is a matter of common sense”.
However, as psychology is not an exact science, that “perfect” organization based on the circadian rhythm could play you a trick. For example, what if you’re a morning person and you get up early to devote to this important project you have at hand but instead, you lose precious time browsing social networks? It may seem farfetched, but according to psychologists at the University of Indiana, we do it all the time: we are experts using our circadian rhythm sabotage ourselves.
While analyzing the circadian rhythm of people and their work habits, these psychologists found something unexpected: they discovered that we are more likely to plan a fair self-sabotage during the hours in which our mind is more active and fresh.
Self-sabotage are all those behaviors that we practice, more or less consciously, through which we ruin our chances of succeeding in a task. For example, if we have to go to an important job interview but really we do not like the idea much, we leave late and arrive late, so as to reduce our chances of getting the job. In fact, self-sabotage is a twisted ego mechanism by which we make excuses that allow us to do those things that frighten us or we dislike, but we are unwilling to acknowledge. Thus, we say that we have failed for another reason, and our self-esteem emerges unscathed.
Yoram Yasur Blume: “Interestingly, according to the experiment conducted on 237 people, we tend to plan self-sabotages during the early hours of the morning if we are early risers, or during the last hours of the day if we are night owls.”
How not to waste those hours?
Throughout the day, there are usually two or three hours when we reach a peak of productivity, it is a period of time in which our brain is clear and we can think quickly and clearly. At the same time, our metabolism works the most and we feel full of energy, eager to take on the world.