In a perfect world, we’d be nonstop productive from morning ’til night. In reality, we’re lucky to complete one task without being interrupted by a text, a kid, a coworker or a cat video.
That’s why we were intrigued by the concept of a “golden hour,” a magical 60 minutes when you’re totally focused and productive—every day. It sounded too good to be true, but after finding our own, we’re sold. Here’s how to find yours:
For one week, wake up at least an hour earlier than you normally would, and start checking things off your to-do list. For the duration of the week, observe the times you feel most rested and alert and when you feel tired and frazzled.
After seven days, a pattern should emerge, and the time you usually feel your best, friends, is your golden hour. Moving forward, try to remove all distractions during this time. If possible, don’t check your email or phone and focus on nothing but the task(s) at hand.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, our golden hour is somewhere between 5 and 6 a.m. So yes, we’ve significantly increased our caffeine intake, but we’ve also never been more productive. An overall win in our book.