Like our ancestors were expected to put in 8-hour days, working in long, continuous blocks of time, with few or no breaks. In particular, people who were religious about taking short breaks were far more productive than those who worked longer hours. Instead of working for an hour or more and then trying to battle through distractions and fatigue, when your productivity begins to dip, take this as a sign that its time for a break. We often let fatigue win because we continue working through it, and the breaks we take aren’t real breaks.
- People who have discovered this magic productivity ratio crush their competition because they tap into a fundamental need of the human mind: the brain naturally functions in spurts of high energy.
- The best way to beat exhaustion and frustrating distractions is to get intentional about your workday. Real breaks are easier to take when you know they’re going to make your day more productive.
- The interval strategy only works because we use our peak energy levels to reach an extremely high level of focus for a relatively short amount of time.
“The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.”