A psychologist who studies extraordinary performers, Ericsson found that elite performers have something in common: They’re really good at taking breaks.
In Ericsson’s study, one factor that distinguished the best from the rest is that they took complete breaks during the afternoon (many even napped as part of their routine), whereas non-experts were less rigorous about pauses.
They practice with intense focus for forty-five- to ninety-minute bursts, then take meaningful restorative breaks.
You can do the same. Pause like a pro and you might become one.
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3 step process -
Each day, alongside your list of tasks to complete, meetings to attend, and deadlines to hit, make a list of the breaks you’re going to take.
Start by trying three breaks per day. List when you’re going to take those breaks, how long they’re going to last, and what you’re going to do in each. Even better, put the breaks into your phone or computer calendar so one of those annoying pings will remind you. Remember: What gets scheduled gets done.
“The best endings don’t leave us happy. Instead, they produce something richer—a rush of unexpected insight, a fleeting moment of transcendence, the possibility that by discarding what we wanted we’ve gotten what we need.”
“Breaks are not a sign of sloth but a sign of strength”
"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. "
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