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Discovering Your Peak Productivity Times: A Guide for the ADHD Professional

January 27, 20242 min read

Today, we're diving into something incredibly useful – discovering your peak productivity times. If you've ever felt like your energy levels are more like a rollercoaster than a steady train ride, you're not alone. For those of us with ADHD, understanding our unique energy patterns can be a game-changer for productivity and overall well-being.

So, let's get started on this exciting journey to unlock your personal productivity power!

Understanding Your Unique Energy Cycle

First things first, let's talk about energy cycles. Everyone has times of the day when they feel more energetic and alert, and times when they’d much rather curl up on a couch. For us with ADHD or executive function issues, these ups and downs can be more pronounced and less predictable. But hey, that’s just part of our charm, right?

To start understanding your cycle, keep a simple diary for a week. Note down when you feel most alert, when you're dragging your feet, and everything in between. You might start to notice patterns – maybe you're supercharged in the morning, or perhaps your brain kicks into high gear post-lunch. These are your clues!

Leveraging Your Peak Times

Once you’ve cracked the code of your energy peaks, it’s time to use this superpower to your advantage. Got a task that needs mega focus? Schedule it during your high-energy window. This is when your brain is ready to tackle complex problems or power through tasks that require intense concentration.

Remember, during these peak times, minimize distractions – turn off those pesky notifications, find a comfortable spot, and dive in. It's like riding the wave of your own energy!

Navigating the Off-Peak Periods

Now, let’s chat about those less energetic times. It’s tempting to push through, but often, that can lead to frustration and burnout.

Instead, embrace these moments for less demanding tasks. Maybe it's administrative work, a creative brainstorming session (because, let’s face it, our neurodivergent brains can be wildly creative), or even taking a well-deserved break.

The key here is to listen to your body and brain. They're pretty wise, and when they ask for a time-out, it's usually for a good reason.


Discovering and embracing your unique energy patterns can be a total game-changer in how you approach your day-to-day tasks. By aligning your work with your natural energy flows, not only can you boost productivity, but you also bring a sense of harmony and well-being into your daily life.

So, go on, give it a try! Track, analyze, and adjust. Remember, in the world of ADHD, self-awareness is one of our most powerful tools. Keep shining, stay curious, and let's harness those peak times to create something extraordinary!

Did you find this guide helpful? You can get even more great energy management tips in our "Energy Masters: Understanding Your Energy Patterns Mini-Workshop." Bite-sized bits of information and videos, plus a workbook!

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