This Morning Routine Will Save You 20 Hours Of Work A Week
Benjamin P. Hardy, blogger, explains how to be more productive and spend half as much time at work than you used to.
For maximum performance, the standard 8-hour workday does not provide the right structure. Perhaps better suited to physical work, but not for the knowledge-based world that we live in.
This may seem obvious due to people’s poor performance and stimulant addiction, their lack of commitment, or the fact that most people hate what they do, but there is much scientific evidence to support it.
The 8-hour workday myth
The countries that are most productive in the world don’t work eight hours a days. The most productive countries have the shortest work days.
Luxembourgese people work around 30 hours per week, which is roughly 6 hours a days, 5 days a weeks. They also make more than those who have longer workweeks.
This is the average person living in these countries. What about the super-productive ones?
Gary Vaynerchuck, entrepreneur, claims that he works 20 hours per day. However, many people who are “highly successful”, work 36 hours per day.
It all depends on your goals and objectives. Gary Vaynerchuck would like to purchase the New York Jets soccer team, but he seems content with his life and how he spends his time.
This is the foundation of everything. He is very clear about his priorities.
But you need to be very clear about what your goals are. You, like most people, want to make a lot of money, do what you love, and have flexible working hours.
This article is perfect for you if that’s your goal.
On average, I work about 3-5 hours per day. My workday averages almost five hours on days when I am in class. My workday on days when I’m not in class is between 3-4 hours.
Qualitative vs. Quantity vs. Quality
“Wherever your location is, make sure that you’re there.” – Dan Sullivan
The majority of people’s work hours consist of a mixture slow-speed tasks with continuous distractions (for instance, email and social media).
The majority of people don’t perform at their peak during work time. Most people work in a relaxed manner when they are working. This is because they have lots of time.
There is no middle ground when you’re focused on the end result and not “being busy”. Do not do it in half. You go to work if you don’t want to.
Studies have shown that intensive, shorter exercise is better than long-term training for best results in fitness.
It is easy to understand: intense activity followed by quality rest.
The recovery phase is where most growth occurs. Training is the best way to heal.
This principle applies to work. The best work is done in short, intense hours. I mean 1-3 hours. This should be “deep work”, with no distractions. It is similar to intensive training that has no breaks. It is interesting that our best work, which for most people, is thinking, will happen when we are away from our workplace. This is called “recovering”.
Only 16% of the respondents claimed that they had gained creative insight during work, according to a study. These ideas were usually generated while the person is at home, on the move, or in a leisure activity. Scott Birnbaum is Vice President at Samsung Semiconductor.
“The best creative ideas will not come to you while you are glued to the screen.”
This is because of one simple reason. Your mind stays focused when you are working on a specific task. Your mind wanders when you’re not working.
When you’re driving, or relaxing in any other way, the external stimuli around you (such as buildings and other landscapes) subconsciously bring up other memories and thoughts. Your brain will create different connections to the problem because it is constantly navigating contextually (on different topics) as well as temporarily between past, future and present.
Creativity is all about connecting different parts of your brain.
For example, if you’re working, keep your eyes on the work. Stop working if the intensity falls. You can achieve creative breakthroughs by focusing your attention elsewhere and then recovering.
The decisive three hours are the first.
Ron Friedman, a psychologist, says that the first three hours of a day are crucial to maximize productivity. Friedman stated in an interview with Harvard Business Review:
“Usually, we have about three hours of concentration where we can focus. It is possible to make strong contributions in the areas of communication, planning, and thinking.
This is crucial for many reasons. Let’s begin with the dream. Research has shown that the brain, particularly the prefrontal cortex is more active and creative after sleeping. Your subconscious mind wandered freely during your sleep, making temporary and contextual connections.
Your mind will be more alert to think about the future immediately after a dream. Science of self-control and willpower confirm that you have more energy and willpower when you sleep.
Your brain and energy levels are best when you wake up in the morning. Therefore, the best time for you to do your best work in the morning is the first three hours of each day.
My exercise routine used to be the first thing I did in the morning. This is no longer the case. It’s a waste of energy to exercise first thing in the AM.
Recently, I have been getting up at 5 AM, walking to my college and then to the library, where I work. I drink a 250-calorie, plant-based protein shake on my way to the library. It contains about 30 grams of protein.
Donald Layman, University of Illinois professor emeritus of Nutrition, recommends that you eat at least 30g of protein as a breakfast. In his book “The Perfect Body, 4 Hours”, Tim Ferriss recommends that you consume 30 grams of protein within the first half hour after you wake up.
Because protein-rich foods take longer to digest, they keep you fuller longer. Protein keeps you fuller longer than other foods, and prevents you from becoming hungry.
At 5:30 am, I get to the library. After meditating for a while, I then spend 5-10 minutes in my journal.
This journal session helps me to focus and gain clarity for the day. I list my long-term goals as well as my daily tasks. Next, I record everything that comes to my mind. It may be related to people or ideas that I have for a project. This journal session is kept short.
I am ready to start work at 5:45 – on any project, no matter how small or large, be it writing an article, writing a book, researching for my PhD thesis, or creating an online course.
Although it may sound insane to start work so early, I was amazed at how easy and effortless it was to work for 2-5 hours straight with no distractions. At this time of the day, I don’t depend on any stimulant.
My mind needs a break between 9 and 11 in morning so that I can exercise. Research shows that food is the best way to train. My workouts have become more efficient and powerful since I started exercising after I had slept. You should be able work for a few hours more after training, which can be a great mental break.
If you’ve used the 3-5 hours you had before training well, it’s possible to call it a day.
Do not waste your mornings.
This schedule is not for everyone. Single parents with children may not be able to do this.
Each of us must work within our limitations. If you want to work more efficiently in the morning, then you must find a way. You may need to wake up earlier than usual and take a break in the afternoon.
It may not be necessary to focus when you get to work. The “90-90-1” rule is an example of this strategy. It requires that you focus your attention for the first 90 minutes and then switch to your second priority, which is likely not your email or social media.
Hi, my name is Erica Jacquline and I've been involved blogging for a number of sites in recent years. This blog however, is mine. Initially I started this site as a hobby, but it has since started to make me some money and I am now pursuing this by creating content that is educational in all aspects of life. Enjoy!