Scott Hodge


Creating your BEST…by using your BEST

Oct 14, 2010

“Nothing is more important to my success than controlling my schedule.  I’m most creative from five to nine A.M.  If I had a boss or co-workers, they would ruin my best hours one way or another.” - Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator

What are your best, most productive/creative hours of the day?

Mine? 7am – 12pm. I protect those hours like the SS protects the President.  And I can do that without much problem because….well, I’m the boss.

BUT…..what about the rest of my team?

I think it’s safe to say that everyone on our team works and creates with quite a bit of autonomy.  BUT…I don’t think I’ve been nearly as intentional about empowering them in this as I could be.

So here are a couple of questions I’m chewing on right now:

How can I be more intentional about helping each of my team to figure out their BEST time of the day?

How can I generously provide them the autonomy they need to (like I’m able to do…) protect and use that time well?

I’ve got some ideas and I’m ready to experiment.  But what about you? Feel free to chew along with me.  Better yet, share a thought, comment, idea, best practice, whatever!

3 Responses to “Creating your BEST…by using your BEST”

  1. Jordan says:


    i would allow each team member to set a different block of time each day for several days. they can use this time for whatever they need: work, prayer, creative time, etc. This way, they will have enough info. to judge which time block worked best for them in conjunction with their other duties, daily activites, energy levels, etc.!

  2. mo says:

    Yeah I’m a morning guy. My most creative work comes out when I’m writing for work. I’ll stay home and start wrting early from my home computer, rather than go into the office. So, like 7am to 10am

  3. Mark Cox says:

    My best and brightest hours are 7-11 am, especially if spent at Starbucks. I hit a weird second wind around 4 pm, which is just enough time to wrap up every project or dive an inch deep into several more.

    I’m a student pastor and have a good amount of autonomy. My assistant knows that closed door time means “wait to walk in to get signatures and other crap.”

    Plus, I work best in an environment with loud music and caffeine. i will straight murder a project if I’m at Starbucks, in the morning, drinking Anniversary blend, with my headphones in and iTunes going.

    As a second (or third) chair guy, I appreciate it when people don’t just pop in my office. A huge percentage (all?) of our staff LOVE to spend time throughout the day chatting it up. I do, too…just on my own terms and not in the middle of my productive slope. ps…People popping in to shoot the crap WILL kill my productivity. Guaranteed.

    I haven’t figured out how to approach this – especially when it’s my pastor who comes in with a destinationless conversation that he wants to have. And I know the purpose behind it all – we need to have some fun with each other in order to work well together. I just know that it’s different for me. I tend to be an antisocial hermit in my office, but will crank some projects out. A good bit of my staff produce well out of the conversations they have throughout the day.

    So basically, I don’t know. Ha! Thanks for bringing the conversation out though. Interested to hear everyone else’s thoughts.

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