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Too many of us equate doing something with being busy. We don’t need to fill every moment of our lives—both at work and at home—being productive.
Engaging in doing noth...
Deliberate Rest means engaging with restful activities that are often vigorous and mentally engaging.
For example, Winston Churchill and Victor Hugo painted while Leo Tolstoy played...
Most of us put off tasks that stress us out. Unfortunately, this avoidance kicks off a cycle of procrastination that just causes more stress. ...
People who create a proper work-life balance experience less work-related fatigue, lower rates of procrastination, and even better mental and physical health.
Time away from work impro...
Binge-watching TV ca...
Purposeful idleness is no small task. A few tips:
It means engaging with restful activities that are often vigorous and mentally engaging.
Deliberate rest activities help you relax and recharge as they focus on something tangenti...
Committing to crossing one of them off of your to-do list on a day off can improve your overall well-being.
Whether you’ve been putting off answering an email, calling a friend, writin...
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It is a play on the term “deliberate practice” and it means engaging with restful activities that are often vigorous and mentally engaging.
It is not a continuation of work, but a way to find activities that let you recharge from your workday, while still being mentally productive.
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A lot of the internal things that affect our productivity are out of our control. Our energy, focus, and motivation follow their own path or “productivity curve” throughout the day.
We’re naturally more energetic and motivated at specific times of the day. Researchers call this our Circadian Rhythm. Every person’s rhythm is slightly different, but the majority follow a similar pattern.
We work best in natural cycles of 90-120 minute sessions before needing a break. When we need a break, our bodies send us signals, such as becoming hungry, sleepy, fidgeting, or losing focus.
If you ignore these signs and think you can just work through them, your body uses your reserve stores of energy to keep up. It means releasing stress hormones to give an extra kick of energy.
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The human brain just wasn’t built for the extended focus we ask of it these days.
The fix for this unfocused condition is simple—all we need is a brief interruption (aka a break) to ge...
Our brains have two modes:
The mind solves its stickiest problems while daydreaming—something you may have experienced while driving or taking a shower.
When you work on a task continuously, it’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the weeds. In contrast, following a brief intermission, picking up where you left off forces you to take a few seconds to think globally about what you’re ultimately trying to achieve.
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