Improve the Quality of Your Work Hours, Not Their Length, to Get More Done
If you clock in at 9 and you’re not finished with your work by 5, what can you do but work more hours? You may not feel like you have a choice, but you can do a lot better by improving the quality of those hours you do work instead.
As writer Benjamin P. Hardy explains on Medium, most people who work eight hour days probably aren’t actually working that hard during those eight hours. There are down times on Facebook, distracting conversations with co-workers, and the general haze of pre-coffee slog that take an hour to get through. Before you start to reschedule your life to add more hours to your workweek, instead try focusing your work down to a concentrated few hours when you’re at your peak:
However, when you are results-oriented, rather than “being busy,” you’re 100 percent on when you’re working and 100 percent off when you’re not. Why do anything half-way? If you’re going to work, you’re going to work.
To get the best results in your fitness, research has found that shorter but more intensive exercise is more effective than longer drawn-out exercise.
The concept is simple: Intensive activity followed by high quality rest and recovery.
We’ve seen before that working more hours doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more productive. However, if you can concentrate the work you do to the times when you’re at your best, you can get a lot done and then use the rest of your time to really relax, instead of idly picking up a minute or two on Facebook here or there. It might not work for everyone, but if you have a flexible schedule and a bit of determination, it could work for you.
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