What’s the best time of day for writing?

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This is my weekly installment of “writing about writing,” in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post on how to figure out your best time of day…

Do you know your best time of day for analytic, creative, impression-making and decision-making work? (The best time may be different for each of these different tasks.) The answer depends on whether you’re a morning lark, a night owl or somewhere in between.

I learned this fascinating info from productivity expert Chris Bailey in a blog post he wrote about the Dan Pink book titled, When. I immediately added the book to my must-read list.

Above, you can see a chart Chris offers, taken from When, with a few tweaks. I’m a morning lark (after having been a night owl for most of my life — I didn’t try to change. It just happened.)

I’m not sure I buy the notion that late afternoon or early evening is my best time for creative work. And I surely don’t accept that morning was my best time when I was a night owl. I loved writing at night in those days and I always did my best work then. Now, for me, there’s no question that I do just about everything better in the morning.

But I’m willing to keep an open mind and I’ll read Pink’s book to learn more.

An earlier version of this post first appeared on my blog on Feb. 26/18.

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