Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Proverb For a Reason

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.

From a personal standpoint, this old and simple saying gains more credence every day. From a global perspective, the diminishing returns on time is an important phenomenon to consider - as the day goes by, people typically lose concentration and become tired, thus requiring more time to complete an equal task in the evening compared to the morning.

I take this lesson to heart by scheduling more difficult, mind-intensive tasks earlier in the day. Organizations can learn this lesson by fostering a culture that values the morning and pre-afternoon period more than the afternoon. Important meetings and deadlines rarely end well if scheduled for the evening.
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