I recently read Be Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz. Schwartz is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Power of Full Engagement and the founder of the Energy Project. In the book, Schwartz writes about the four key sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. He uses a series of quadrant diagrams to illustrate the positive and negative aspects of these areas of energy and how they affect our productivity. He also suggests that we are not meant to work for long periods of time. In fact, we work best when we work in periods of no more than 90 minutes followed by a brief period of rest and renewal.
A few weeks ago, I started planning my day according to this principle. I schedule projects for 90 minutes and then I take a 15 to 30 minute break. It has made a huge difference in my productivity. I feel focused and able to put my full attention on the scheduled project. My reward is a break that includes a cup of tea, a quick walk or spending a little time on Facebook.
Visit The Energy Project website and take the Energy Audit. It’s a series of questions related to the 4 key areas of energy. You will receive tips to help improve your energy and productivity.