In photography there is a particularly desirable time to shoot. Most photographers try to make use of the time just before and just after sunrise or sunset. The angle of the light at that time makes for beautiful colours and rich images. Photographers call this time Magic Hour because the light can be stunningly beautiful, giving the photos a 'magical' look (search 'magic hour photos' under google images for examples).
Over the years I've come to appreciate that there is a 'magic hour' in painting as well. It is a window of time where everything you do seems to take half the time it would take at any other point in the day. Where everything you do seems to be worth double. I'm not sure how it works, so it sorta feels like magic...
Any day that I can start work before 8:00am will be a very productive day. It doesn't matter how much before 8 - it could be 90 minutes or 15 minutes. Whatever gets done before 8 feels like a huge bonus. If you can start painting by 7:00am, you gain in a few ways:
-you can shave some time off your commute by beating morning rush hour
-by lunch time you have almost put in a full day's production
-you can leave a little earlier and save even more time by beating the afternoon rush hour
-you can use your time savings to be even more productive - doing some marketing, getting ready for the next day, etc.
It is a simple principle that has proven effective for me. It is a struggle sometimes as I'm not naturally a morning person by nature (as I sit typing this out at midnight!). But the benefits are well worth the effort.
Have you found a time during the day where your productivity is higher? How do you capitalize on it?
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