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Behind-The-Scenes: 130+ Experts Spill Their Productivity Secrets (Part 2)

22/06/2016 11:04 PM IST | Updated 21/06/2017 2:42 PM IST

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To be honest, as a life coach, I known many tricks to make sure I get a good night sleep, so there basically nothing that's going to deprive me of sleep anymore. But in the past, if I had a very bad night for one reason or another, I had a very hard time to function. My brain doesn't work properly if I'm lacking sleep. That's why a good night sleep is really important to me.

To answer the second part of your question, I am a morning person all the way through. My best productivity time frame is between 6 and 11 AM. Those are the hours I do most of my writing. ~ Sylviane Nuccio ~ SylvianeNuccio

Lack of sleep doesn't have much of an effect on my productivity levels during the morning. The afternoon, however, is a different kettle of fish. If I don't get enough sleep the previous night my ability to focus and concentrate during the afternoon diminishes, especially if my work environment is warm.

As you may have surmised, my writing is most productive during the morning. That's not to say I can't write during the afternoon, I just have to make more of an effort to buckle down and concentrate on the task at hand.

~ Martin Eising ~ Healthquotes

Good quality deep sleep makes me well rested and rejuvenates my productivity. I feel happy and energetic - rating to go when I wake up. Lack of sleep makes me groggy and slow and eats into productivity. My best creative and productive time is early in the mornings - as early as 3am sometimes. With nothing else to disturb me at the time, ideas flow freely, the focus is highest and I can complete an article from start to finish.

~ Sharad Verma ~ iSharad

My strap-line is "Blogging After Dark", so you can probably guess my answer. My most productive time is when "normal" people are already fast asleep in bed.

I can concentrate best when the normal distractions of life - unsolicited marketing calls, off-line clients, family, and friends - are over.

I have always been an "owl" rather than a "lark". I'm probably rather sleep deprived, and I know it's not a healthy lifestyle, but if I go to bed before 2am I just tend to lay there awake, so I may as well be up and either working or pursuing one of my hobbies - reading and jigsaw puzzles.

My life is upside-down! Daytime is for my social life and off-line business, but my online business is on the weekends and evenings - probably starting at 8pm and going on until 2am at which time I normally shut down for the night.

I don't believe anyone who says that making money online is easy and can be done in a few minutes a day!

Looking forward to reading what other part-time home businesses owners do - but for me, this is what works best.

~ Joy Healey.com ~ Blogging After Dark.

I try my best to sleep at least 8 hours a day. I sleep around 12am and wake up at 8am. I believe that my mental capacity is extremely important as a thought leader in my field and every time you do not sleep right, it affects your brain cells - which affect your overall mental capacity and processing.

That's a bad thing. So sleep is extremely important to me.

I am a motivational speaker in the morning and an SEO and analytic guy at night.

~ Sean Patrick Si ~ PandoraLabs

Sleep is interesting for me. Every few weeks or so I go 24 hours without sleeping. This period heightens my creativity for a little while and I get some interesting ideas. I write them all down in batches as titles or ideas in Evernote or a notebook, then I sleep. If I go too long without sleep, around 36 hours then productivity and creativity decrease. So I know it's time to sleep.

Under normal circumstances, I sleep about 4 to 6 hours and usually wake up between 3:30 am and 6:00 am and I do most of my work during that time because everyone in the house is asleep and my mind is really alert as I wake up. I prefer to write during the really early hours of the morning and I do the rest of the stuff (vlogging, social media, comments, etc) throughout the day.

I drink coffee throughout the day, in moderation, but I find if I sleep too much, then I am groggy throughout the day unless I have a lot of coffee.

~ Oscar Gonzalez ~ Notagrouch

To answer your question for me the lack of sleep influences my productivity in a negative way as it prevents me from bringing my full potential to my writing or what I am focused on for that day. The best time for me to write is in the evenings I find I get my best ideas.

~ Joan Harrington ~ SuccessWithJoan

Ironically enough, I am wide awake from insomnia at in NYC as I write this. But I almost always get 8 hours of sleep a night. I do stay in bed for 8 hours even if I don't sleep for 8. Keeps me rested and refreshed for my writing. If I sleep poorly my productivity usually drops like a brick.

As for writing, I set aside 1-2 hours daily to write for my blog or now, again, for my eBooks. Sometimes afternoon, sometimes morning. If I just set aside the time, I walk into a quiet room, close the door, and the words flow.

~Ryan Biddulph ~ BloggingFromParadise

I am more of a night owl than a morning lark, so I usually do my best writing in the evenings or at night. But family obligations require me to start my weekdays early, so working into the night deprives me of valuable sleep. This lack of sleep definitely reduces my productivity and work efficiency, so I'm trying to rearrange my schedule and build better sleep habits to improve my writing and my health.

~ Annette R. Smith ~ SavoringHome

Time is limited for a lot of us. Especially those who work full-time jobs and/or have families.As for me, I have a full-time job and yes I have to squeeze time into my blog and affiliate marketing. So with that said, this year I decided to work smarter and not harder.

Last year I focused more on publishing a blog once a week, but this year I focused more on branding and promotion. I put more effort in engaging in social media groups, blogging communities, and quora which are a Q&A site. I still blog, but I only publish 1 or 2 blogs a month.

With this plan, I've been getting about the same amount of traffic, but more email subscriptions. So yes, I've been doing the 80/20 approach which is focusing on promotion and branding 80% of the time and publish valuable blog posts 20% of the time.

This gives me more time to do productive tasks as well as have a life at the same time! ~ Sherman Smith ~ ShermamSmithBlog

Getting not just good sleep but great sleep has been very important for my productivity levels. Lack of sleep often results in a foggy mind and short temper.

It is a must that you understand how important the Quality of your Sleep is. If you want to wake up with a lot of energy, then you should really make sure you are getting high-quality sleep.

For me; my best time to get the most creative writing juices flowing would be right after a great night of high-quality sleep followed by a nice shower and healthy breakfast.

If I'm sleepy, I would feel really tired, and if I feel really tired, then I would experience low energy levels throughout my body and mind. At this point, I would have a very hard time focusing and it would easy for me to get annoyed by the smallest things.

High-quality sleep is such an important thing to have in order to experience high levels of productivity. This is tremendously important for every writer and content creator, to understand and implement.

~ Freddy Gandarilla ~ InternetMarketingBlog101

Getting enough sleep is so important for my focus, and I do by best work in the morning when I am well rested. However, I have to admit that I do get a lot of work done late at night after my kids have gone to bed and there are no interruptions. When I've been up late, I make sure that I get some sort of a cat nap in during the middle of the day. Sometimes you can't always have the perfect day, and you just have to make adjustments!

~ Mary Fernandes ~ MaryFernandez

We kid ourselves that we can do without sleep and flourish on 4 hours a night. This is a rare human and I worry that they will suffer from GO-GO-FLOP syndrome. I find that I need to turn off technology 1-2 hours minimum before sleep and get at least 6.5 hours to pull through the day with less collateral damage due to fragile mood. I'm freshest in the morning when it's quiet. That's when I write - I like the big thinking tasks first thing after a good stretch when I'm fresh. By 3-4 pm I'm a bit distracted and resort to mundane maintenance tasks for my clients and myself. If I'm traveling for business alone, PLANES and hotel rooms are a great time to write and write - new venue sparks creativity. ~ Susan Finch ~ SusanFinch

Sleep is important. On average, a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day is sufficient to keep me being productive the entire day. Any lesser and I will feel a huge slow down! You can reduce nearly everything in life but when it comes to sleep, there is no replacement for that.

As for writing, my best time for writing is when I am in the mood! In this case, I would be on the high side usually between 9 to 11 am and 8 to 10 pm.

~ Reginald Chan ~ ReginaldChan

This age-old debate warrants the simple answer; it depends on.

It depends on the person's determination and work ethic.

It depends on the person's sleep schedule.

I'm an early riser. 4:20am every day. I workout, read, write, and plan my day before 7am. But I'm also asleep by 10pm each night. Most people couldn't wake at that time to save their lives, but they can stay up till midnight or 1am.

I can run at full-throttle on 5-6 hours of sleep. Any less and I'm groggy. Any more and I feel lazy like I've slept the day away. The morning gives me a serene, quiet time to focus on my writing, as well as fitness, learning and planning.

You've probably heard 'you need 8 hours of sleep each night to be fully productive.' I call shenanigans. Show me an extremely successful entrepreneur who gets that and maybe, just maybe I'll hit snooze!

~ Josh Coffy~ Flightmedia

If you are doing an online business or running a blog full-time, you already know it's really hard to be consistent. Here's where productivity comes into play. Although it differs from person to person, one should quickly be able to find out what works BEST for them.

If you are a night owl, getting up early in the morning won't work.

But as a blogger, I can surely say that mornings are the best to write flawless and in-depth blog's content. You will be less distracted in the mornings. I personally prefer to write in the mornings and usually, work until late nights to keep things up.

I guess sleeping 7 to 8 hours a day is the surest way to keep yourself healthy. Anything less than that can create more stress and eventually leads to mediocre lifestyle. Although it's my personal opinion about sleeping pattern but one should aim at sleeping at least 7 hours a day to lead a healthy lifestyle.

If you want to be a productive person, don't sleep less than 7-8 hours. Sleep deprivation is one of the horrible mistakes anyone can make.

~ Anil Agarwal ~ BloggersPassion

I have not had the beneficial 8 hours of sleep for at least 20 years... I'm not sure if it helps or hurts my productivity. My situation is that I work with an international clientele, therefore, sometimes I have meetings late at night or early in the morning. I'm sure my creative juices are better served if I had more rest, but inspiration happens at the oddest times.

~ Gabriella Sannino ~ Level343

I am very conscious of my sleep schedules. No matter what my work schedules are, I always make sure to have a sound sleep of 6-7 hours every night. I track my sleep behavior using the "Sleep As Android" app. I see the stats over a period of time and reorganize myself if something seems not right.

I am at my best productive self during the early mornings. The calm and fresh environment help me focus on writing my blog posts. However, this is not always the case. Whenever I have to work on a tight schedule or come up with an in-depth blog post I even work late nights to get the work done. Recently, I had to publish my meaty post on 'blogging tips' and for that, I had to work until dawn. I, however, make sure to renew those losses with occasional afternoon naps the next day. I recommend just falling asleep on your office couch for 40-45 minutes and it will renew your overnight stress to a great extent.

~ Ankit Singla ~ BloggerTips

In answer to the first question, lack of sleep has a severe impact on my productivity. This is particularly so before lunch time. I notice that I am prone to making mistakes after a bad night's sleep. Fortunately, most nights I sleep well and face the day feeling fresh.

In relation to the second question I usually write at night because I am too busy during the day. When I write I tend to keep each session to one hour. Then I take a break for 15 minutes. Then I start again.If I am stumped for ideas I'll do some more research on the topic. I've also found that moving locations (eg moving from one room to another) helps to stimulate creativity. The other technique I use is to change the format. For instance, if I am typing on a word document and experiencing writer's block, I'll print the draft and play around with it using a pencil.Being efficient is the best way to manage time. ~ Kim Willis ~ PersuasionPursuit

Sleep is very important to my blogging and being on social media too. Several times due to lack of sleep I either made many spelling errors or typos in my posts. I once tweeted something crazy via lack of sleep.

I now get more sleep and don't blog just for the sake of getting a new post out there. I put it through a spell checker first and usually sleep on it before publishing. I do my best work in the morning and rarely after 8 pm in the evening. My best work tends to come after a shower or a good walk. It clears up your mind and gives me more creativity.

It is hard to function with more than one night with lack of sleep. It can make it harder to focus. 7-8 hours is optimal for me.

~ Lisa Sicard ~ InspireToThrive

I want to start with the famous quote "early to bed & early to rise", as I am a big follower of the same since my childhood. I got this habit from my father and right now as a father, I am passing the same to my kid as well. However, I wasn't aware of the fact that this habit will become my best weapon to start dreaming about my blogging career.

We all know that blogging is a huge time taking a job where one needs enough time to think and produce the good quality resource. Otherwise, your content and thought will be recycle binned immediately. Being a typical 9 to 6 IT professional, I spend most of my time at office and rest to regain myself back to active for the next day.

As an early riser, I found the best time to think and work effectively in the morning. Generally, I wake up at around 5-5:30 am and able to manage 2-3 hours to pursue my hobby with 100% satisfaction. But whenever there is a change in routine like a late night party or some other plan, I have to get ready for a bad & unmanaged day.

So, whatever is your biological clock and sleeping habit, make sure that you are able to sleep for enough time to give your brain and body the enough rest so that you can start your next day with more energy with higher productivity.

~ Santanu Debnath ~MyDailyLifeTips

I work 10-11 hour days and exercise 1.5 hours each day, so sleep is extremely important to me.

I used to sleep about 7 to 8 hours each night, going to bed around 12:30AM and waking up around 8:15. But even getting that much sleep, I'd still struggle to get out of bed.

Then I found this app called Sleepy Time. It tells you the best time to go to bed based on 1.5 hour sleep cycles. I decided to test out sleeping for 4 cycles (about 6 hours).

I got used to it after two weeks. I added an extra two hours to my work day, and my energy level didn't drop at all. This gave me 48 more hours each month to help out my clients or write monster blog posts (like this one) and promote them. On a blog post like that, I'll usually spend 15-20 hours creating, editing, and formatting it -- so any extra time I can get is huge for my productivity and growth.

I highly recommend checking out Sleepy Time and adjusting your sleep schedule based on cycles. It has probably made the biggest impact on my business so far this year.

~ Michael Karp ~ Copytactics

My question is: How does sleep or lack of it, influence your productivity? And what is the best time you use for your writings? Since we the bloggers and writers often get less sleep and this surely affects our health and of course on our productivity too! So please do write about your experience in this regard in 1 to 6 sentences or of a maximum of 100 to 200 words.

On this question, I have to mention the statement by an actor that is fans that keep him motivated. Bloggers also are motivated by the readers. As we announce a series of posts, the response of readers forces us to sit late nights and complete the posts. I write my posts during 6 to 8 am or 8 to 10 pm normally on weekdays. On holidays, the time can increase. A Huge majority of active bloggers do not make money. Many bloggers are happy to get 100 visitors a day. That is a good number to motivate many bloggers. I feel, bloggers have to give importance to health first. They need to change their blogging habits in case of need from a health point of view.

~ Prof. Narayana Rao K.V.S.S ~ NRaoIEKC.Blog

As a baby boomer that blogs, and does online marketing, for me, sleep is a critical element in my blogging and business success.

I find, unless I get my full 7 1/2 to 8 hours, I really drag in the morning, and struggle to get the creative juices flowing.

In my case, my recipe to be alert as I start my day, is first off, get the sleep, and then start my day with a few cups of coffee. If I have a particularly busy schedule, I'll admit, I can end up with 4-5 cups before the morning is through.

But, this works for me. I really do get more done this way, whether it be blogging, recording videos, or helping team members in my online business.

Eventually, I also try to get in a 30-minute walk, to help keep me focused, balanced and energized. ~Patrick Batty ~ BoomerHigh

Lack of sleep is an absolute productivity killer. I have to admit I write day and night and often have spurts of great creativity and productivity at night when I should be chillin' out. Such is the life of a writer. I roll when the inspiration calls. I also should admit, I'm a slow starter so I rarely write early in the day. I ease into the work day by reading.

~ Barry Feldman ~ CalendlyBarryjFeldman

I would have to say that my writing is affected by both a lack of sleep and getting enough sleep. I like to do most of my writing in the morning after I've had a great sleep.

Sometimes that doesn't always happen. When I don't get enough sleep my writing becomes vague and doesn't flow well together. Is it possible one can write too much?

~ Alicia Osmera ~ ConnectWithAlicia

I have always been a deep and long sleeper. I like at least 8 hours a night to make me function better during the daytime. I also prefer to sleep at night. I used to work shifts and sometimes nights, but I found and still find it very difficult to sleep during the daytime.

I like to work mostly in the mornings. I'm much fresher and clear-headed when I first get up and often have great ideas last thing at night, so I note them down so I can work on them first thing!

I do work in the evenings sometimes, but I really prefer not to. Sadly a lot of webinars and online meetings happen during the evening hours. I prefer to relax in the evening.

Lack of sleep makes me fuzzy headed and I can't focus properly, so I prefer to take a step away from online work and head out in the fresh air when I get less or poor quality sleep.

~ Mandy Allen ~ MandyAllen

Sleep has a pivotal role in determining the productivity. I know it is not possible for us, the internet marketers to sleep all night as most of us work at that time. In my case, it hardly takes six hours daily that is the minimum time a healthy person needs to sleep according to Sleep Foundation chart. It may be the same for all the part-time bloggers as they get time only in the night to spread their online wings. In the days when I had to work for more than usual hours and sleep took the second place, it was not easy for me to concentrate on the office work due to headaches. On contrary to this, the days I had a perfect sleep (at least five hours) went well without any physical issues.

As a part-time blogger, being a full-time marketing manager at a Delhi-based firm. Hence, I barely get time to devote to article writing. On typical days, I leave my office on sharp 6 PM. It takes about an hour to reach my residence, and I use this time for social media promotion, topic hunting, etc. It's about 9 PM when I take my laptop to start working. We bloggers need to take care of a lot of things other than content writing!

And frequently, the day becomes almost over when I start writing posts. The best part about writing in the night is it's devoid of distractions except the snoring of family members! Then, I sleep at night around 2 PM. Due to my busy schedule, it sometimes takes 2-3 days to come up with a post on my blog, and I never regretted that because I always make sure my audience gets the perfect pieces of content.

~ Savita Singh ~ ComputerGeekBlog

I am happy to say that I have no problem with sleep as many bloggers may have. I was always an "Owl" and liked to do my work which needed focus or new ideas late or in the night. This is the best time when everybody is sleeping. To stay awake and alert I have a trick, which I will tell and it maybe helps others. It helped many famous people as well to be alert and more creative get answers to questions and new ideas. It is called cat nap and it boosts the performance make alert and creative. This is scientific is proven.

A short nap in a special way, ? (Sit in a comfortable chair or on a couch and relax, hold a key or a stone in your hand, if you fall asleep, at the right time, the key or stone will fall down and you will wake up and will be highly alert and productive. You can also lie down, but the key may not make a noise.

Try it, it works. I do not need a key or stone, with practice it works without. Everyone interested can read more about on my blog. )?

~ Erika Mohssen Beyk ~ Erikamohssen

Sleep (or lack of it) makes a huge difference in my ability to be productive. When I don't get enough sleep, I am sluggish and unable to do my best work. When I am well rested, I am able to do creative work - and I find that I also come up with new ideas to expand my blog and business. Luckily, I work for myself, and because of it, I am able to get enough sleep every single night. (One of the big perks of being an entrepreneur.)

When it comes to my post productive time to blog, I do my best work in the morning, right after I have breakfast and my glass of cold brew coffee. By the time it gets later, my creative juices aren't quite flowing as much as they should be to write great content.

~ Daniela Uslan ~ DanielaUslan.Com

I try to sleep 6 to 8 hours, so I consider myself a good "sleeper."

I'm writing the major part of the day, but I'd say it's in the mornings.

~ Josue Valles Ponce ~ LinkVehicle.com>

Being a Blogger, I can do most of my work via my laptop. I can work anytime, and I can work anywhere. I just need a laptop + a good internet connection. People often call me as 'Nocturnal Blogger,' I rarely sleep at night, and I somehow find 'night time' to be very productive for my blogging and internet marketing works. There is practically no one to disturb me via phone calls, or even if I want to hang out with my friends during 2:00 am or 3:00 am, it won't be easily possible. So my work time starts from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am, I feel this is the best productive time for my internet work activities. It's not like I love working in total darkness, but this is the best time where you have no one between you and your work.

But again, I'm not a machine to work continuously for hours without any rest, so I make sure I sleep for at least 6-7 hours per day. I make sure I get enough rest and peace of mind before starting my work. Without this, there is no point in Blogging or doing any work. Our body needs rest, and most importantly, our mind needs rest. I walk a lot during morning/evening whenever I get time, and that tiredness will help me to get smooth and quick sleep. Nevertheless, if you truly love your work, you will always find time to do it.

~ Pradeep Kumar ~ HellBound Bloggers

Sleep is very important for my productivity. I have seen that when I'm deprived of sleep my levels of productivity plummet. Though I strive for a proper 8 hours sleep, I have clients across time zones including countries like the United States, U.K., China and New Zealand which makes it difficult to keep to a strict sleep regimen especially if there are emergencies or any launches of my clients.

To ensure that the lack of sleep doesn't affect my productivity and work, I use the below strategies:

1. Social media/communication free windows of time during which I work the best.

2. Schedule work according to my body cycle so since I am a morning and evening person I work best then and keep routine work for the afternoon.

3. Before a client launch or any major work contract, I ensure that my social calendar is empty so that there is no late night socializing which will affect the next day's work.

The best time for my writing is undoubtedly early morning or late evenings. Both these times I have the quiet and peace where I can focus and get into the zone. I try to keep this time phone free so that I can focus on my writing.

~ Russell Lobo ~ TaurusKnight

Well in my opinion bloggers do not need sleep. They want to blog 24 hours a day. But it is their body that requires sleep to rejuvenate their body and senses. In my opinion, blogging is what drives me.

I feel complete when I used to complete a post and for that, I don't even mind not having the sleep.

I feel sometimes that it is affecting my health but when you receives a message of thanks from my reader then this feeling fades away.

We bloggers even think of writing posts while enjoying on toilet seats. I used to write when I am bored of promoting my other posts. Getting some time to write during your busy schedule is what I always look for. Nothing matters whether it is a day or a night.

In the end, I would like to say that, sleep is important but blogging is even more.

~ Abhishek Jain ~ RustyBlogger

If I don't get enough sleep in I can't blog effectively. A simple 20-minute task will end up taking me 2 hours and my work becomes sloppy. When I started blogging I was so overwhelmed that I slept for 4 hours a night for a week straight. I eventually got sick and had to rest. Since then, I sleep 6-7 hours a night and nap when I can during the day (benefit of being a stay at home mom and getting up 3 times a night).

More sleep equals better ideas and more productivity for me.

~ Suzi Whitford ~ StartaMomBlog

Lack of sleep greatly affects my productivity. My concentration slightly decreased accordingly. I hate that feeling. So, no matter how busy I am, I took the time to sleep at least 6 hours / day.

I write when I want to write. So, I don't really have the best time to write. When I decided to write, then I'll start writing. But, one thing is for sure, I never write at night (unless there is a particular interest).

Writing at night is not too productive for me. Since I've been thinking about a lot of things before.

So, I used the time to write in the morning and noon, in the late afternoon most of the time I use to work out, and at night, I use for final settlement of my previous work.

~ Nanda Rahmanius ~ OsoSimpleTechnologies

Being a Life Coach and an entrepreneur, my daytime is usually engaged with my commitment towards my organization. To pursue my passion of blogging about film reviews, I choose late night hours after spending some quality time with family. Though I personally love the silence of the nights to blog, physically, at times I do feel less agile and less mentally active at this hour. Certainly, keeping awake for a longer duration at night, and catching up with sleep for less number of hours does take a toll on the body. But then, the passion for blogging and craving to write helps. The satisfaction of writing a film review does balance out the duration of sleep. Besides, I don't force myself to write, I write when the body, soul, mind helps to write effectively.

~ Bindu Cherungath ~ MovieReviewsByBinduC

Expressing my side of the world and my understanding comes naturally to me and I use blogging as one medium to reach my readers. Being an entrepreneur and running my Corporate Training and Organization Development Consultancy take a major part of my days' time. Apart from my professional world, I am a movie buff catching up with latest movies and writing reviews about them is a passion. And then I am a family man and love to spend my time in that wonderful world to a lot. Balancing various roles, responsibilities need actions to be performed within the finite time of 24 hours seemed quite challenging for me initially when I used to divide my actions linked with each role and responsibility evenly.

My experience clubbed with my failures and triumphs taught me that it's not important how much time I spent on each activity but how much quality time I spent on each activity to fulfill my roles and responsibilities.

As I am not a nocturnal being like many of my blogger friends I prefer to wake up early finish off my family chores and rush to my office much before time into my happy space for writing and also stay back after office hours to continue and finish my writing before I rush back to my home. There are some privileges I enjoy being my own boss like flexible work schedule, not to answer to a hawkish boss why and what I do before and after my office hours.

~ Thomas Mathew ~ LifeConnoisseur

I seem to have found a simple solution to all the sleep deprivation caused due to blogging. I blog lesser, but I blog better. I write only when there is a strong urge making me want to write on a topic, and don't write just because one needs to write. This automatically gives me more time to sleep better, even if it means that some of these blog posts might come much after regular sleeping time.

~ Prateek Shah ~ DigitalDefynd

For me, a quality sleep is a must-have in order to work actively the next day. When I started out, I used to sleep for only 3-4 hours a day and that eventually showed up in my performance.

Fatigue, regular migraine attacks, and low productivity all crept in.

Nowadays, I try to sleep at least 5-6 hours in the night and make sure I have an afternoon nap (around 1pm-2-pm) for an hour. This has been my savior making me rejuvenated for the next half of the day.

Just because I make a living from my freelance writing services, I am very careful as to when I am more productive and when my performance is at its best. I find the morning time as the best fit for my writing. I lock the first half of my working schedule (9am-1pm) for writing my client projects. I divide the time into 50 minutes work and 10-minute refreshment gaps. :)

~ Swadhin Agrawal ~ SwadhinAgrawal

Sleep is a beautiful, precious and highly treasured part of my life including power naps! In my younger years, I did not see the point of sleep thinking I could be just as productive and efficient with limited sleep. Wrong! It is a myth as our productivity plummets and sleeps deprivation over time has disastrous consequences. Neuroscience is now proving the significant and critical role of sleep in learning, memory encoding, and our moods. Anecdotally too, we have known about the benefits of sleep in our decision-making, "Let me sleep on it!" And as per Mahatma Gandhi - " Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn". My best time for writing is the morning when I am most fresh.

~Jasbindar Singh ~ Jasbindarsingh.com

In the past few months, I have had to change my sleep schedule. My challenge now is to get into a new habit of going to sleep earlier so that I can wake up earlier. I know 8 hours of sleep is critical to my health and performance throughout the day. I may think I am being more productive by staying up later and getting more done, the reality is that I am doing more harm than good for myself.

I have found the best time for me to write is in the morning. Everyday, I wake up a little before 5. I ride my bike for 5 miles, about 20 minutes to get the blood flowing. I come back and make some coffee and sit down to write. It has been my experience that writing at this time of day gives me the best ideas so I can have a positive impact on the lives of those around me.

~ Gerald Rhodes ~ GeraldRhodes

Being an engineering student, I face a lot of difficulties managing time for my blogs as well as my engineering assignments and other college events. But in the long run, I have learned to manage both the things and so far my results have been good.

After my college hours, I am left with only a few hours on working days, while I am free most of the time during Saturdays and Sundays. I still don't feel the freshness and activeness in me to write a blog post. While on holidays, I go for heavier tasks and use my morning hours for writing. I am very much into writing detailed articles with lots of facts and images so it does take a whole day to finish writing the post. Sometimes it even takes more than a day to finish a single article.

One thing, which I experience a lot, is, productivity decreases at a very high rate as the day passes by or also when I miss my sleep. Writing quality posts need a good amount of concentration and most of the time if I feel sleepy or inactive I fail to produce a good content.

As bloggers many of us compromise a lot on health and sleeping is something that most of us usually don't care about. So my humble suggestion is, get a good sleep on a regular basis and always try to write posts/articles in the morning hours rather than going for late night hours.

~ Iftekhar Ahmed ~ IftiSEO

Every one of us knows that it's hard to work when we can barely keep our eyes open. Apart from making me feel sluggish, lack of sleep affects my productivity at work. I need at least 7 hours of good night's sleep to work properly and with full concentration the next day. After a good sleep, I can do more than expected. Being a health blogger, I know that lack of sleep can affect my health adversely. I also affect my productivity, my performance, and my learning capability. So to avoid this I try to stick to a proper sleep schedule.

I make a schedule for doing different things at different times. I prefer to write in the morning with a fresh mind. This helps me come up with a lot of ideas and keeps me focused.

~ Sonal Talwar ~ HealthFundaa

There is a law that a select few are aware of and use to their advantage. A law so fundamental and so simple, that it is ignored by a large number of the so-called "elite" on the entrepreneurial world.

It states that: "You can only work as hard as you rest."

Therefore, my writing simply reduces in quality with each and every hour that I sleep less than 8. Because as we know, you can only work as hard, as your rest.

That said, my BEST time for writing occurs at any time during the day, yet only if I have had my 8 long hours of sleep.

~ Tom Hunt ~ TomHunt

Lack of sleep is the first and foremost thing that affects more than any other in reducing a person's productivity. As per some scientific research, it is said that a person can live for 3 months without food but can only live for 11 days maximum without sleep.When coming to my personal life, since childhood I sleep very less and not more than 6 hours maximum most of the time. Lack of sleep will also affect your brain and reduces learning and memory, immunity and also creates symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

As per scientists and our elder's sayings, Our brain works at its best during early morning hours and that is why many of our elders and ancestors used to study and learn many things during those hours. Unfortunately, I am a night Owl I write, read and learn many things during the night and I can't get good ideas or interest to read or write in the daytime mostly.

~ Gurunath Naka ~ BestOfGuru

Fortunately, lack of sleep doesn't affect me too much these days - unless I have a night where I get barely any sleep at all, that is. I have a toddler (who's two-years-old), so in recent years, I've adapted to getting less sleep than I was previously used to. If I have a really bad night's sleep or if I've had a stressful day then admittedly I might give blogging a miss until I'm feeling a little more productive and motivated - the last thing I'd want to do is to force it.

As I'm a freelance SEO consultant in my day-job, and I like to try and work as "9 to 5" as possible, I usually blog and write during weekday evenings. I don't like doing client work during those times as my brain's winding down for the day, but I often find that it's the perfect time to blog - I treat blogging as a hobby anyway (even though I usually blog about work-related topics), so I enjoy it. Throw in a glass of wine and an episode of a good TV show on Netflix in the background and it's the perfect way to end off the day. :-)

~Steve Morgan ~ SEOno

Sleep is very important for my productivity. When I find myself lacking sleep, I am less productive, unable to focus and much less creative.

On the flip side of this, however, when I am well-rested and have had at least 8 hours of sleep, I am very creative, productive, charged up and ready to seize the day.

In reference to the best time for writing and getting things done, I tend to write best in the morning. I think it because I am usually supercharged and most inspired to write.

~ Kim George ~ YourChickGeek

I'm generally much more productive after a good night's sleep. Not sleeping enough or going to bed late definitely affects the amount of work I do during the day.

If I'm already tired after working too much without a good rest (and although I try not to abuse it), I find that an espresso can really boost my energy and get me back on track.

Due to how well (or bad) I sleep and to how I tired I am, I spend almost all whole day just being lazy... only to feel much more awake and energetic when the day is ending -- it usually happens when I get fed up with all the laziness.

At night, when all is quiet and calm, I tend to focus much more easily and my productivity rate reaches its peak. That's the best time to write for me. There are no distractions, words start flowing naturally and I get my work (finally) done. (That's one of the reasons I go to bed late...) ~ Louie Luc ~ Buzz Nitrous

As you said we bloggers get very less time to sleep, and even am a programmer who is studying in school, I do all my activities at night and get 4 hrs of sleep. Yes, sleeplessness affects productivity. I sleep around 2 am, and during my holidays, I work the whole night and sleep in the mornings till afternoon because I love to work when no one is around, and it helps us to concentrate on our work.

~ Abishiekh Jain ~ Hackers Den

Getting 7-8 hours sleep at night is extremely important as it has the direct relationship with the productivity. I am very much familiar with a fact that the lack of sleep would let me distract and worsen my on-the-job performance. It would ruin the learning potential as well.I prefer early morning (say 5.30 - 7.30 AM) to craft the content for my blogs. If I would need to do a critical writing task, I take a nap for 30 minutes to ignite my creative juice flowing from the mind. The way we inscribe the words is the key to standing out from the horde and thus I never script any piece of content when I feel sleepy.

~ Nirmala ~ MyMagicFundas

Retiring to bed later than 10pm for two days or more drastically affects my productivity several days later.

Knowing I had a bit of struggle with insomnia a couple of months in 2015, while also struggling to get some good writings done every day, I hustled to maintain a healthy sleeping habit; namely, retiring as early as 9pm to bed.

That keeps me fresh and ready to tackle my creative work the next morning.

As a result, my favorite writing time is usually the wee hours of the morning (4am) up until some few minutes past noon.

~ Yusuff Busayo ~ Starttiny

I'm definitely less productive when I've not had enough sleep. If I have one bad night, it doesn't seem to have an effect -- but several nights of 5 - 6 hours sleep in a row is tough. (I do best on about 7.5 - 8 hours sleep.) At some points in my life, this hasn't been a problem at all -- I just slept later in the mornings if I'd gone to bed late or slept badly. These days, with two small children, it's a lot tougher to get enough sleep! I'm trying to get into the habit of going to bed earlier.

I can write at almost any time of day -- whatever is available. I'm at my creative best in the mornings, but afternoons work okay too (and I typically work on my fiction writing between 5.15pm and 5.45pm, when my husband takes care of the kids). The one time of day that really doesn't work for me is the evening: I struggle to focus from 7pm onwards, and I try to use these hours to read, to relax and to catch up with housework rather than using them to write.

~ Ali Luke ~ Aliventures

As far as I knew, most of the bloggers are working hard. As did I. You will find me and many bloggers are online on social platforms while working at middle night. In brutally honest, I am not a hard-working blogger, but I have a problem sleeping. I find it difficult to sleep earlier hence blogging should be the best for me. I watch the tutorial on YouTube, read the blog article, and enjoy social chatting.

Mostly, I make sales on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and most of the clients are my friends. I don't know what to say, but the relationship are worth a lot to me, and I cannot think about blogging without those people.

A priority job of mine is to get up in the morning (usually 9 AM. Is it an early morning?) and go to the coffee shop. I spend 2 hours every morning to achieve about 3000 words, and it takes me 2 or 3 days to finish writing. Sometimes, I write the article at home after back from the coffee shop, but It seems to me that working in the morning get a better result than daytime. Yes. I love morning writing.

~ Kimsea Sok ~ BlogMarketingSea

The doctors suggest that we need to get a minimum of 7 to 8 hours sleep a day for a healthy body. But in today's stressful life, where we are always running about on our toes, it is impossible to get a daily 8 hours sleep every day. Now is this an excuse or is it really true? The contemporary generation is always running around, trying to grow in life and in turn sacrificing their good night's sleep. And it is not only with us. It is with teenagers who are either glued to the computers or studying the whole night or a professional who is slogging hard to get the next promotion or a housewife who is trying to complete all her house old chores for the next day.

The same happens with me as well as a digital marketing executive by day and a blogger by night. It sometimes does happen that there are deadlines to meet and too many articles that I have to complete in time. This affects sleep as well; after which I find myself to be lethargic and tired. My brain stops working and my productivity goes for a toss. It is very necessary to get a good night's sleep every day for your brain to work well.

The best time for me to write is the early morning when I am fresh after a good night's sleep. My humble suggestion to everyone is to keep in half your night task with early morning time to sharp end on your job !!

~ Karthik Sabini ~ Wipsen

I believe we can train ourselves and have a discipline, but also, we need to work in harmony with our body. Filling out the needs of your body is crucial.

My most productive time is early in the morning, right after 30 minutes workout and nice hot-cold shower. When my brain is recent works best. For me, I found that 6-7 hours of sleep gives me plenty of rest. And if I can't get enough sleep, meditation helps me to recharge and refresh.

~ Emi Koul ~ EmiKoulev

In running a business and certainly for me, blogging is a business, in the course of a regular day, it is always difficult to keep up with all the activities to be done and then find time to do research and write. At the end of the day, I am exhausted and Sleep for me is a very important activity. Depending on the topic I am writing on, the research can take a long time. I tend to do this in the early mornings because trying to do it at the end of the day will put me to sleep over the computer. My most productive time in terms of writing is early mornings between 3:00 a.m - 7:00 .m.

~Vinton ~ 1SureProfits

Sleep is key for me. My brain remains in a foggy state all day if I don't get at least 7 hours a night, preferably 8 hours. Even more would be nice, but that's always hard to manage, especially if you are a writer. Because, here's the thing: writers write even in their sleep! We are always searching for the next topic, the next chapter, or a new twist on something we are in the process of creating. And, many times I have woken up from a sound sleep because I know, I just know in my heart-of-hearts, that I won't remember whatever it is the morning; so I force myself awake! Bet many of the other writers in this round-up have done this, too!

As relates to productivity, I learned long ago to keep "office hours." What I mean by this is that I work on writing a minimum of 4 days a week (5 if I can squeeze it in) for 8 hours a day. I'm on my computer, honing my craft from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Then, I turn off my computer and walk away. But, even though my computer is down from 5:00 p.m. at night until 9:00 a.m. the next morning, I always have a pad of paper and a pen at hand for those spurts of inspiration.

So, my best time for writing is 4 days a week from 9 to 5. The other 3 days I work hard at having a life to write about!

~ Carole ~ Toot Sweet 4 Two

Sleep is a vital part of my productivity. I used to wear it as a badge of honor "only slept 4-5 hours last night etc" but after 5 years of that, I started getting sick often, lethargic, the flu 2x per year and generally feeling like crap. I wouldn't be productive and it would affect my work and my bottom line. Get some rest! At the very least, 6 hours is what I need. Yes, there are some nights when you can crank out an all-nighter on a few hours of sleep, but that must be the exception, not the norm.

~Patrick Coombe ~ EliteStrtegies

When I first started, I was so fascinated with blogging I spent 90% of my time doing things that went towards my websites.

So sleep for me was like the solar eclipse...only happens once in a while.

Seriously, I had so much fun working on my blogs, I still do, I probably only slept every 2 or 3 days on average.

You would think I'd be the most successful blogger right now with all that time spent, right? Yeah. But a good chunk of my time and efforts went to stuff that didn't work. So that was time wasted.

So eventually, the lack of sleep caught up to me. After some months, I started getting headaches. My eyes were always red with black circles around them (like a raccoon). So I needed to change the way I was working. I hated that I had to because my online earnings weren't where I wanted them to. But thanks to blogger outreach and influencer marketing, I was able to grow my main blog and brand to a level I'm happy with. Now I work on a simple work schedule.

I write content when I get up in the morning, work on my website in the afternoon, and do whatever I want after that (sometimes play, sometimes work).

~ Julian Sakanee ~ BloggingAid

Lack of sleep profoundly affects the way I function. It affects the way I think to an extent that I can't think at all. Also, creativity, innovation and the energy to do something new always come in when my eyes have rested enough and my mind is open to observation.

Now, I do recommend rest but the time or number of hours are not really important for me. While on a busy day 3 hours of sleep freshens me up and on a weekend, I might sleep for eight long hours, only when I can afford that kind of luxury.

And about the best time for writing, it is entirely not in my control. In most of the situations, best ideas come in when I am in the bathroom, and sometimes they flood in when I am doing something important, and I am not supposed to think about ideas. But I do roll in with a cup of coffee and love to write in early mornings or late nights. They are to me the most exciting and inspiring times. ~ Vinay Singhal ~ WittyFeed

Well because of blogging activity I don't get enough sleep. Sleep is, in fact, the most significant thing for every blogger since it directly impacts on our health and it leads to less productivity and performance.

The major health issue which I am facing is a headache and burning sensation of eyes. To overcome these problems one must get a minimum of 7 to 8 hours sleep.

As far as my writing is concerned, the most appropriate time for me is when I am totally free from any sort of distraction. As we all know that "Sound mind resides in sound body". As far as time is a concern I would like to say, I do not have any specific time for content writing. I gather ideas in my mind anytime and then I start assembling all my thoughts in the form of articles.

~Muhammad Mairaj ~ EtutorialBlog

If I'm to say lack of sleep can get ones brain knocked, I should be correct. Considering the fact that I'm a student as at now, who combines schooling with blogging. Lack of sleep has been one of my major problems, I at times experience migraine, due to the fact that I barely sleep 3 hours a day, though I'm used to it already.

Lack of sleep has in no way affected my productivity, because I have a schedule of how I run my day to day activities. With the limited time I have in a day, I still update my blog, communicate with clients reply my mail and follow up any trend on the internet.

Is there really any best time for me to write? Hell NO, I feel comfortable writing at any time, except for the fact that my schedule mostly leaves the night for blogging, so writing more at night on my blog isn't a choice, it's something I'm been forced to do regarding my schedule.

~ Larry Frank ~ TechRibs

According to me, a great night's sleep is one in which you wake completely revived. A great sleep, which is about 8 hrs, have an incredible impact on my metabolism and digestion system. As we all know, if you don't take a good nap, then you haven't given your brain or your body the time it needs to repair itself. Night's sleep is one of the key variables which decides, your day will turn out to be good or bad; productive or unproductive.

I aim at taking a 8 hrs night's sleep but usually end up having a 6 hrs sleep only because of my busy schedule as I have to manage both studies and my blog. I spend around 2 hrs/day in a week and 4-5 on weekends, on my blog, which I feel is sufficient to keep it active and updated. I work from 4 to 6 PM on my blog but don't have any proper schedule for weekends. Sometimes due to disturbances in my schedule I have to compromise my morning walk and have to sleep little longer or it will affect the next day, making it less productive. So friends sleep well and stay productive.

~Naman Kumar ~ UnZipLife

Blogging is all time into our minds. But as we know we can think and do better with a fresh mind as compared to tired mind. As we do work on laptop or computers so, only our mind feel tired, no tiredness into the body.

But it doesn't mean we don't need to relax. After a particular time, the mind is tired completely, and we all need to relax. With tired mind, we can't focus work and can't do work properly.

Yes, of course, more and lack of sleeping will affect productivity and health also. Both are the very important point that we can't ignore. So we all need to take a good sleep daily.

If someone sleeps less, s/he can't work properly with tired body & mind and if someone sleeps more, s/he can face some problems also, and more sleeping will eat some money time also. I sleep well daily; 5 hours sleeping is enough for me. Only some days, I sleep more than 5 hours.

For writing a good article, we need lots of time to research and know deeply about topics so that we can come with comprehensive article fully packed with interesting information. There is no particular time for writing. I write when my mind is free, no tension about any other work and I think sincerely. So I always keep writing task first in my schedule.

~ Mohd Arif ~ TechLazy

There is no doubt that more and lack of sleeping affects our productivity as well as health also. And sometimes people face very serious problems also.In my case, I take proper sleep since If I don't sleep well, I can't focus on my work and without focus doing work doesn't add any value to the work. And I feel pain in my body also. So I take 7 - 8 hours' sleep daily So that I could do my work properly with full focus. Every blogger should do exercise daily since we people have been sitting whole day and sometimes a whole day and night in front of the computer, which can affect our health badly. We all know very well "Health is wealth."

I feel fresh after sleeping; it doesn't matter it is morning or night. Yes, my sleeping time is not fixed. Sometimes, I sleep in the day or sometimes in the night.

Time after waking up is the best time for me that I use for writing or any other work which need more focused and fresh mind. Mostly, I prefer morning times if I have slept in the night.

~ Jyoti Chauhan ~ UpdateLand

It's Fact - It's not easy to get your work done when you barely keep your eyes open. Lack of sleep influence your productivity because we have to maintain consistency in blogging or business work without that it's not even possible to get a penny if that sleepy blogging thinking for money from his her blog. You have to be punctual in blogging or our Business work. Just punctual. We have to everything on time.

As I am full-time Job Guy, So I designate a time to write at night between 11 PM to 3 AM, because it's devoid of distraction, and there is no one else to hurry to. It's just you acting naturally and spilling out the feelings that you've accumulated from your daytime experience and utilizing that innovativeness to make something pleasant and exciting.

~ Saurabh Tiwari ~ AllDigiTrends

I need at last 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night to be at my peak - and at least, a 30-minute power nap during the day to stay sane!

Anything less is simply not enough to get me to function even at half capacity...slightly more, I'm dull, a little lazy and generally, desire more - at the detriment of my work (freelancing, blogging, and authoring of amazing books and eBooks).

As for writing, the best time I pen down my thoughts is first thing in the morning...or first thing after jumping up from my power nap. The reason is simple: the best ideas come to me after I have adequately rested.

~ Akaahan Terungwa ~ NoToPoverty

Lack of adequate rest or sleep during the night hours does affect my productivity negatively during the day time, especially if I had to go out the next day to return home at night.

If I can't get my head in the best of shape, is hard for me to concentrate on marketing activities and even sit down in front of the computer to write. Adequate sleep is one of those things that get my brain in the right mode and refresh it for another task ahead.At the moment, I write most of the contents as a draft and save on my iPad during the day time because it allows me to move around and still have my writing materials with me as I walk around the room.My best time of writing is when everyone is either not at home or in bed sleeping. So I prefer writing when the home is quite and there is less disturbance.

~ Shamsudeen Adeshokan Cybernaira

Sleep plays a very important role in improving my productivity. I cannot work efficiently when I have not slept well, at least for 6 hours of time. Sometimes, I am forced to take a nap, between work so as to get the concentration back. The best time for me to write is - evening hours when there are coolness and calmness.

~ Dr. JV Hebbar ~ easyayurveda.com

A study suggests that 8 hours of sleep at night + half hour of a nap in the afternoon increases productivity, performance, and well-being. I try to have a 7-hour sleep and a half hour of a nap in the afternoon, that helps me to perform at my best throughout the day.

I enjoy writing either very early in the morning around 6:00 A.M. or in the evening around 7:00 P.M.

As bloggers, we are expected to write emails, blog posts, social media updates, etc. Throughout my day I end up writing something, but when it comes to writing my blog posts I always either write it in the morning or in the evening. That is when best ideas float in my mind.

~ Rohan Chaubey ~ RohanChaubey

I am a teen techie who loves experimenting new sorts of stuff every day like, setting up blogs, developing web applications, tools, and widgets. I am juggling with "e" world to make a living out of it!

To be more productive I've reduced social activities and gaming to outsource my time. I make sure I take 6 hours sleep do stretches and cardio workout daily in the gym to keep myself healthy. I frequently update my content to make sure I am providing the exactly knowledgeable content to my readers. I do these things within this time limit and as I said I make sure to get a minimum of 6 hours sleep. If I miss that sleep time the productivity goes down.

~ Issac Paul ~ ERobber

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