According to data obtained using the DeskTime mobile application, it is precisely such a schedule that superproductive people adhere to. Using the application, the working schedule of 10% of the most productive users was monitored - it turned out that, on average, they all work with seventeen-minute rest breaks.
These data are complemented by other studies claiming that short breaks during work effectively reduce stress levels. For example, Australian scientists report that employees who walked during a lunch break felt more relaxed and inspired to work in the afternoons.
Of course, the 17-minute breaks throughout the working day look unrealistic - it turns out that the total rest time in this way will be two hours, no less.Such a strategy will be suitable / as a last resort - when you are working on something really very complex and exhausting.
And the last thing: scientists from Singapore found out that a short break to watch funny videos on YouTube helps to recover and clear the head after a working routine. And then you can plunge into it again - but with much greater efficiency.
The smallest thing you want during the execution of line work, and even when the deadlines are on, is to listen to how a colleague in the neighborhood pockets all kinds of nonsense. You can, of course, stick headphones and enjoy your favorite music, but, according to research in the field of cognitive psychology, listening to your favorite tracks at work sometimes causes considerable damage to its quality. The fact is that one way or another you will be distracted by the words of the songs, which will interfere, for example, with the text. Instead, scientists from the American Organization for the Study of Sound propose to include the sounds of nature in the background - a murmuring brook, for example, or the singing of unobtrusive birds.
You probably already know that the study of the Vkontakte ribbon does not help much the work.But scientists from the University of Southern Maine (USA) say that even the presence of a smartphone on the desktop itself will distract you from performing complex tasks. Is it possible to answer one or two innocent text messages - is it really that bad? Yes, they assure. During the experiment, people who were distracted from the task by only 2.8 seconds made two times more mistakes than those who performed tasks without the phone at hand. And those who were distracted from the case for 4.2 seconds were wrong three times more often.
For all, it can be different - for example, immediately after a morning cup of coffee or after a lunch break. When you are most productive, take advantage of this moment to complete the most important tasks on the list, advises Catherine McKinnon, a coach at Harvard Business School. “If in your most productive time you send not the most important letters and respond to all mail in a row, then the work will not move forward much,” says McKinnon.
One of McKinnon's clients literally drowned in a huge number of letters and came to her for help.After analyzing his day, she found that the poor fellow spent about four hours a day only to respond to emails. At the same time, 60% of letters were not of extreme importance. In the yard in 2015, so without an email box nowhere. But what McKinnon advises is: stick to rule 6-12-6. Check mail early in the morning (conditionally at 6 o'clock), then at 12 o'clock in the afternoon and at 6 in the evening. If someone really has something important for you, believe me, he will call and tell about the letter. In all other cases, it can wait.
Before you go home, prepare your to-do list for tomorrow, advises Effectiveness Coach Katie Sexton. It only takes you a few minutes, because you are still in a working mood. So by spending 15 minutes at the end of this day, you can save about one o'clock the next day, says Sexton. Break your list into two parts: in one of them, let there be those things that you can do during the day without rushing. In the other half there should be two or three important things.
As soon as you advance in some particularly complex project, a colleague will knock on the door right there.It would seem a trifle, but such a trifle knocks you out of the workflow. Conduct an experiment: every time you are distracted, write down who it was and for what reason. You may find that it is the same person all the time, on the same subject. In this case, Sexton advises, you will have to "put down the evil" at the root until it becomes your regular problem.