PP2: Morning, afternoon, evening rule – Finding your rhythm

(Part of the series: 12 Favorite Productivity Principles)

2. Morning, afternoon, evening rule – Finding your rhythm

A second productivity principle I find helpful is the morning, afternoon, evening rule. The idea is that different parts of the day are better suited for different tasks. I’ve found that the following arrangement works best for me:

  • Mornings for creative work (writing; thinking; creating)
  • Afternoons for action work (tasks; chores; administration)
  • Evenings for reflective work (walking; reading; unwinding)

Thinking about my day in these larger categories gives a rhythm to the day and helps me as I plan out my regular weekly schedule as well as my specific tasks for each day. By doing the types of tasks that are best suited for the various parts of the day, I gain momentum and find that I am more productive throughout the day.

Next in series: PP3: Habit stacking – Habits are hard, but routines are routine


  1. Annie says:

    Thank you so much Pastor Ray. I feel God is using you to address my areas of less productivity at work. Thank you for communicating what God’s teaching you to us.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Annie – You’re welcome! I trust God will use this material to help you serve him better where he has placed you.

  3. Ivelisse Brown says:

    Hi pastor Ray
    I was reading on and I love this
    This is a great tool for me and my spiritual growth Thank you!

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Ivelisse – I am glad you are finding it helpful!

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