Take More Breaks And Your Productivity Will Go Through The Roof
I learned to take more break and down time and my personal work improved tremendously. Why do you think that was?
It was because I would work for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. I would do this four times a day and also include a lunchbreak for an hour. At the beginning of each 50 minute segment I would start fresh and alive again. Someone called it strategic renewal. I like that.
This segmented approach kept my attention at very high and consistent levels all day. This in turn kept my actions sharp and on point.
I found this very interesting article online and I have placed part of that article here because it explains about exhaustion, productivity and time usage.
“To maximize gains from long-term practice,” Ericsson concluded, “individuals must avoid exhaustion and must limit practice to an amount from which they can completely recover on a daily or weekly basis.”
By focusing on limiting our fatigue to a level that we can completely recover from in a timely way, we can help to maximize our time and our productive efforts. Perhaps thinking of work or projects in terms of how they can be blocked into 90-minute chunks could be a good place to start. Who knows, maybe with practice we could even build to keeping our active workdays under that four-and-a-half-hour maximum Ericsson recommended, too.
The key is to keep not only your mind on the move but your body as well. During the downtime I would exercise, meditate, eat nutritiously, drink water and complete a sudoku or two. I have also taken care of my personal development during these blocked times.
I can say to you take more breaks, but at the end of the day you have to find out what works best for you. What is good for me, may not be good for you and vice versa. But I would love to hear what other people get up to during their entrepreneurial work day.
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