How to work at peak productivity-and know when to take a break
Recognize when you need to take a break and continue later on when you can be more effective. Signs that you need to take a break are:
Regardless of how you’re feeling, you should take a quick break every 90 minutes or two hours.
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A good general rule of thumb is blocking out one-to-two-hour chunks of time in your calendar for uninterrupted work.
You have to stay committed to getting into the rhythm. It’s critical to ignore any distractions or desires to stop working.
Timeboxing is allocating a pre-determined amount of time to finish a given activity. It encourages you to find more efficient ways to finish tasks.
Completely detach from work to get refreshed and return to work at peak performance.
Some activities that tend to be beneficial include exercising, stretching and healthy snacking.
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Urgent but unimportant tasks = distractions.
Urgent tasks put us into constant “reply mode.” Important work is related to planned tasks that move us closer to our goals.
Anytime you are pulled away from your tasks, it takes time to readjust to them when you jump back in (sometimes it can take up to 25 minutes).
Interruptions (notifications, loud noises, social media, checking email etc.) harm your concentration.
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