Finding out exactly what time of day is best for you is one way to help productivity and assist in beating procrastination. My husband is a night owl and likes to stay up all night when he has an exam coming up. I could not imagine myself doing this as a study method. Once I get past midnight, I'm too tired to think straight, let alone be creative.
How come nobody talks about us day owls?
I've discovered with mixed feelings that my optimal writing time is first thing in the morning. I think this is because I'm fresh and able to tackle complex tasks after sleep. However it isn't always ideal - I love a good sleep in and for some reason, it doesn't work if I wake up at 2pm and try to write. Perhaps it's got something to do with being over-tired. When I do have a long sleep in it's usually because I went to bed after 1am. There's also the fact that I already get up quite early for work, so writing in the mornings on work days is usually not an option.
When is your most productive time to write?