The best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less.
Relaxing activities such as workouts, naps, and meditation increase productivity as well as health. Naps are a great way to increase enjoyment creativity and efficiency. When night shift air traffic controllers napped twenty minutes during their break, their reaction time improved significantly.
Human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously, rather we have cycles much like the sleep/dreaming cycles at night. During the day we move from maximum alertness towards fatigue approximately every 90 minutes. Working in intervals turns out to be an optimum rhythm for getting things done well.
Relaxing at 90 minute intervals can bring both a sense of ease and creativity to projects. Relaxation does take practice, so don’t be shy about starting right now. Try it 3 times each day and see if you feel more energized. I have noticed not only more productivity but more excitement about starting new projects, including this bi-monthly blog.
Don’t just do something, sit there!