When Are You at Your Best Productivity?
Do you know your peak performance time? For most of us, it is early morning. Many people's biorhythms drop in the afternoon, and some are night owls. Track yourself if you don't know and pay attention to when you seem to have the greatest clarity, vitality and mental acuity. You will want to apply that to your most important priorities.
Once you do know, schedule your day like this. Block out 90 minute chunks with absolutely no interruptions to work in-depth on your highest priority. (The one with the biggest ROI for you.) That means no calls, no emails, no people coming into your space: total quiet and concentration time. Work for 90 minutes on that one priority and after 90 minutes, take a renewal break. Stretch, connect with others, drink 8 oz. of clean water, eat some nourishing food and look at nature. If you've been sitting at a computer, get up and gaze off long distance, to refresh your eyes. If you can, get some physical exercise, as too much sitting can be dangerous. (see earlier blog post.)
After a restful break, you'll be refreshed and ready to tackle your next 90 minutes. Try this technique and see how your productivity soars. For more information on this concept, check out Tony Schwartz's book, Be Excellent at Anything.
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