Thursday, September 10, 2009

Brain Time, Body Time, Butt Time

Reflections on how to view the time cycle of a day:
  • Brain Time - Even if you're not a morning person, you're most likely to grasp new concepts and understand complicated details between 9 am and noon, when short-term memory and mental activities peak.
  • Body Time - Use the time from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm to work with your hands, move things around, and use your strength and adaptability. Spend this time being active, taking information in through movement and touch.
  • Butt Time - The afternoon lull arrives around 2:30 pm, when you're neither quick to think, nor smooth to move. General George Marshall made the observation that "no one ever had an original idea after three o'clock in the afternoon." Use this time to talk with other people, hear different perspectives, and integrate into your thoughts how their responses impact your work.

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