Here is a Challenge Work Less, Do More
While I was In Egypt for three weeks this Christmas I practiced productive relaxation, this broke up my day into alternative relaxation and production units and I was happily surprised how much I achieved while on my break. I created more space to think, read and easily and effortlessly achieved my goals in a relaxed environment.
In 2014 I want to go on to achieve more than I have ever achieved I have challenged myself to create and contribute more in less time. I am on a 66-day challenge to work productively and to make my inconsistent meditation practice my habituate behaviour, so now I get up earlier and meditate daily.
Why 66-day challenge?
Research suggests it takes an average of 66 days to form habituate behaviour. I work long and hard, I learn my lessons and I love the results I get from the work I do with my clients, so much so I want to do more. I believe that if I can change one or two things then I can do more and I can do better. I respond well to challenges even those I set myself and a challenge has a deadline, a plan of action and a stated outcome.
How can I do more in less time?
Tony Schwart, Harvard Business Review for real productivity, less is more; he quotes ‘More than 50 years ago, the pioneering sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman discovered something he named the “basic rest-activity cycle” — the 90 minute periods at night… Kleitman also observed that our bodies operate by the same 90-minute rhythm during the day. When we’re awake, we move from higher to lower alertness every 90 minutes. Other researchers have called this our “ultradian rhythm.”’ http://bit.ly/1eZQg0m
The theory is that we are more productive when we work in 90-minute cycles, in another renowned study by Anders Ericsson supports that 90-minute practice segments created better musician, athletes and writers.
So to support my challenge to create and contribute more in less time in 2014, I have created a daily schedule broken down into 90-minute units. My schedule is to take account of my meditation practice, my daily training habit, my distraction breaks (emails etc.), my refuelling breaks and my relaxation chill-time.
I turn off all my alerts and eliminate any distractions as I only have to wait to 90-minutes to deal with unforeseen actions needing attention. I print off my weekly schedule, fill in my 90-minute actions, tick off each completed action and visibly display the schedule behind my computer to keep me focused.
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