Let me tell you about a story about when I was working in London in recruitment. I worked for a company where the culture was to work hard and play hard. When I say work hard, I mean work hard. We started in the morning at 7am and we were lucky to leave in the evening by 9pm. We were also frowned upon if we had a break. Does this sound productive? NO. Yes, it may have been productive for the short term, but in the long term we all burnt out. I spent my weekends sleeping to have the energy I needed for the long week.
What have I learnt from this. In the 14-hour day I worked, I was only productive, and I mean really productive for about 5 hours of that day. I have learned that there are certain times in the day when I am really productive. I am a morning person and I tell you now, the time of day I was the most productive then was from 7am to 11am. From then on I had a slump, and that was a long slump. I should have had a break. I should have recharged. I should also have organized my time so I had regular breaks, then I would have been productive until 4 or 5pm.
So often we like to look busy, but are we productive. What I’ve learnt is to work out the time of day when I really concentrate and do my most challenging work then. Then make sure I have a break. I have just had a sleep for 30 minutes. It’s now 2pm and I will work really productively until 5pm when I need to go and pick up the kids from school. If I didn’t stop and have my 30 minute sleep I probably would have procrastinated all afternoon.
Stop! Don’t burn out like I did. I worked for that company for 2 and a half years. I was exhausted when I left. We are human and we need to realise what we can manage and maintain to get the most out of out working day.
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