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Working according to biorhythms for more productivity


Everyone should know his or her biorhythm; it influences the different states of mind and performance during the course of a day. Those who live with their own biorhythms instead of against them increase their well-being and productivity.


  • Understanding our biorhythm

  • How to find out your biorhythm

  • Tips for working according to biorhythms

  • Change the corporate culture accordingly


People's biorhythms are mainly influenced by the day-night cycle. You cannot change your own biorhythm. It follows that you should adapt your working day as best you can to this inner clock and not vice versa.

Roughly speaking, a distinction is made between two different types, the early risers and the late risers, i.e. the larks and the owls. The biorhythms of the two types are very different. The different phases throughout the day look something like this:

  • until 7 am: wake up

  • 7 to 8 am: concentration phase

  • 8 to 9 am: creative phase

  • 9 am to 1 pm: problem-solving phase

  • 1 to 3 pm: low concentration

  • 3 to 5 pm: problem-solving phase

  • 5 to 9 pm: inspiration phase

  • 9 to 10 pm: low concentration phase

  • afterwards: fall asleep

  • until 8 am: wake up

  • 8 to 10 am: low concentration

  • 10 am to 12 pm: creative phase

  • 12 to 1 pm: problem-solving phase

  • 1 to 3 pm: low concentration phase

  • 3 to 6 pm: inspiration phase

  • 6 pm to 11 pm: problem-solving phase

  • afterwards: falling asleep

The two time sequences show very clearly how differently larks and owls "function". However, these are only approximate values. The individual biorhythm differs from this to a greater or lesser extent. Therefore, it makes sense to determine your own biorhythm.


Of course, you should listen to your inner voice. If you are good at it, you will learn a lot. It also makes sense to keep a kind of diary over a period of a few weeks: When do you feel fit, when do you feel tired, when are your ideas bubbling away, when are you analytical, when are you sociable, when do you need to rest, etc.? After a certain period of time, you will certainly notice that the same phases often occur at the same times and last for a similar length of time. You have found your own biorhythm.

The challenge now is to adapt your daily work routine to this rhythm. Basically, this means: At times when you are less able to concentrate, you should do routine tasks, things that come easily to you.

Find out what exactly means less effort for you: perhaps email correspondence, conversations with co-workers, exchanges with fellow managers. You should also take breaks during these times, maybe do something private.

Conversely, you should use the creative time for creative work, i.e. perhaps work on new ideas, hold constructive discussions, etc. In the analytical phase, which is good for solving problems and moving important things forward, you should close the office door if possible and focus on the issues that are important at the moment.


How can an entrepreneur specifically adapt his working day to his biorhythms? After all, he is not on holiday on a desert island but has to come to an arrangement with employees, business partners, customers, etc.

Especially when working in the home office, it is a good idea to organise the times in the office and those in the home office according to your inner clock.

Example: You wake up at 6.30 am and jump out of bed full of energy. Now you could pull up trees. But what do you do for the next hour or two? You shower, get ready and drive to the office. You've wasted perhaps the most creative, energetic time of the day preparing for work. It would be more productive to open your laptop shortly after waking up and start working, for example, jotting down ideas, drawing sketches, writing important emails, etc.

Basically, in a home office, you have more freedom to work according to your biorhythm.

Most people suffer from a lack of concentration from around 1 to 3 pm.

In the home office, you can take care of private matters, such as the weekly shopping, or take a midday nap. For this, it is a good idea to work two hours longer in the evening, perhaps even after 8 pm, when the children are in bed.

But you can also organise complete working days in the office according to your inner clock with simple means:

  • A small enclosed room with a comfortable couch allows you to take a short rest when the battery is empty.

  • A sign on the office door indicates when you receive colleagues and when you want to be alone (for example, to concentrate on work because you are in the flow).

  • In order to be able to work in a concentrated manner, a switched-off mobile phone or a program that does not spit out tones with every new incoming message is also a great benefit.

  • A yoga mat can be rolled out quickly: If you feel fitter after 30 minutes of meditation, this is exactly what you should do. The same applies to walks, etc.

  • Important appointments and internal or external meetings should take place during productive, energetic times.

  • Break off/postpone meetings if it becomes clear that the concentration is not (or no longer) there. Conversely, hold spontaneous meetings and conversations when the level is high.

  • Opening/availability times can be changed according to the biorhythm, for example, start later, close later - or vice versa.

  • Nobody has to be available 14 hours a day. If someone needs half a day off, they can work on what they missed on Saturday.

  • Review basic routines: Often, the working day begins with working through email traffic. But if you are more creative in the morning, you should also be creative during this period. Communication then takes place a little later.

  • Or vice versa: If you like to exchange ideas in the morning because you are fresh, you should talk until noon and then switch to more concentrated, introspective work on the laptop.


It is crucial to allow freedom. Working according to biorhythms works best when the corporate culture is more open, freer, more trusting and less controlling, i.e. more results-oriented than attendance-oriented.

Everyone, whether boss or employee, should be able to work when and where they want within a certain, negotiable framework. The main thing is that the goals are achieved. This even includes extremes, such as people who only become active around lunchtime and in return work until late at night. A corporate culture that makes this possible produces more satisfied bosses and employees and is more productive.

Incidentally, this also includes other rhythms, i.e. not only biologically determined ones but also those resulting from other circumstances.

An example: A mother who lives apart takes care of her child in the alternating model. One week she is mainly responsible for the care of her child and is, therefore, less present and less productive, the next week she can work ten to twelve hours a day because the child lives with the father.


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