A graph showing 90 minute productivity cycles with 20 minute rest periods in between.

How to be more productive

A graph showing 90 minute productivity cycles with 20 minute rest periods in between.

 

When are you at your most productive?

For maximum productivity, work in 90 minute cycles with a 20 minute rest period in between.

We have a basic rest/ activity cycle which is to work for 90 minutes (peak at 45) then rest for 20 minutes before starting again.

Does this work for you?

Professor Nathaniel Kleitman, Professor Emeritus in Physiology at the University of Chicago discovered this while researching sleep patterns.

 Plug this into your time management strategy.

Unplug yourself from everything and work on important (not urgent) tasks for 90 minutes.  After a 20 minute break check your messages, emails etc and deal with those for 90 minutes. [pullquote]Get regular tips on how to Work Smart, Not Hard when you subscribe to this blog. [/pullquote]

The more you concentrate on dealing with important tasks before they become urgent, the more in control and satisfied you’ll be with your work!

Try it!

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  1. […] and mark them on a planner (9-5, 10-2 or whatever, including meal times and breaks – see the Rest Activity Cycle). 3. List the all the most important things that you MUST do in your business, e.g. check the […]

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