Optimal Way to Structure Your Day

The eight-hour workday is outdated and ineffective. To be more productive, you have to find a new way of working.

A recent study tracked employees’ work habits. They found that the length of the workday didn’t matter as much as how people structured their day. People who regularly took short breaks were much more productive than those who worked longer hours.

The best ratio was 52 minutes of work followed by a 17 minute break. This schedule is more in sync with our body and brain. Our brain naturally works in bursts of high energy (about an hour) followed by times of low energy (15–20 minutes).

Once you align your schedule with your natural flow, expect your productivity and attitude to improve.

Here are 4 tips that should help:

  • Break up your day into hourly intervals.
  • Stop after an hour.
  • Don’t skip a real break.
  • Don’t wait until you’re tired to take a break.

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