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For me, it’s all about the nighttime. This one might not be obvious, but working at night often allows me to get more done than during the day.

Before I explain why let me explain why I find it easier to work at night.

For me, working at night comes down to my mood.

No matter what time of day I’m working, whether it’s in the evening, early morning, or late at night, it’s always because I’m in a good mood.

The same is true for whenever you work with a partner.

If you’re frustrated or not feeling well, working with that person isn’t going to make you feel any better.

However, if you’re in a good mood and having fun, then you’re more likely to enjoy the work you do and the amount of it you do.

This is why I love working with my partner on Zendesk Product Managers. My partner is a morning person and works much better between 6 am and 9 am.

If you want to improve productivity, try working with people who are in the same mindset as you.

If you’re not in the same mindset as your team, it’s going to be really hard for you to be productive.

Things to consider

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The biggest reason I love working at night is the fact that I’m in a great mood.

When I’m having a great time, I’m much more productive, and I finish work earlier than I would in the morning.

But that’s not all. I have some tricks and techniques that are very effective when it comes to working at night.

Try the following things on for size, and I’m sure you’ll see a significant increase in productivity.

Get up earlier

When I work in the morning, I have all this energy. When I don’t feel well, it affects how I work.

Even if you have an early bedtime, you could wake up at 6 am and be really productive.

Don’t just stop by the office for a couple of minutes, though.

Stay and work on something that you’re excited about. The longer you stay, the more productive you’ll be.

Sleep better

I’m not going to lie to you: if you want to work at night, you should be getting plenty of sleep.

That said, if you’re not getting good sleep and waking up late, then you should consider that as a possibility.

Make sure that you’re getting a good amount of rest.

I get up at around 7 am on weekdays and 6 am on weekends, depending on what my team is doing.

Even if you don’t have a dedicated night for work, you can still set an alarm and wake up early.

Track your productivity

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One of the best productivity hacks I’ve found is to track your productivity.

This can be done by using tools like RescueTime or Job Scanner.

To be more productive at work, try recording how long you spend on a task.

It might seem counterintuitive, but I find that recording your time can be really powerful.

You’ll be able to track your productivity, and you can see when you have a good chunk of time on a task.

If you’re not good at measuring your time, this might be a great tool for you.

Talk to your team

If you’re in a great mood, it’s going to be a lot easier for you to communicate your ideas.

If you’re having a bad day, however, it might be harder for you to come up with good ideas.

Make sure that you have conversations with your team members to make sure that your ideas will be well received.

Your team members have your back, so make sure that you take advantage of this and are in a good mood.

Work smarter, not harder

When it comes to my work at Zendesk Product Managers, I really look at it as an exercise.

It’s a mental exercise, like a game.

There’s a boss who looks for slackers and troublemakers, and everyone wants to make sure that they’re playing by the rules.

I love my job because I get to make games and strategies with my team, and I love making the game a little harder every once in a while.

Keep it fun, and you’ll have a lot more fun at work.

Conclusion

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Of all the tips that I’ve shared, the key reason that I recommend working at night is that it can help you improve your work.

You should work at a pace that works for you. If you’re working a long, structured day, then working at night may be too hard.

I have found, however, that when I work at night, I’m not getting as much done, but I’m getting more done.

If that’s a trade-off you’re willing to make, then it could be a very good time to make the switch.

How do you work best? Have you ever had to adjust your schedule because you needed to work at night?

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