Manage your energy instead of your time


Could working less be the answer to achieving more? It turns out that people who work more than eight hours aren’t usually the best at getting stuff done.

Working long hours will help for a short while, but will eventually burn you out. If you want a long-term increase in productivity, you may need a long-term strategy that involves more rest. Madeleine Dore looked into the topic for BBC’s Capital.

While it sounds counterintuitive, ‘unfocus’ may actually help you get more out of your working time. In 2014, a study found that the most productive people take regular breaks.

The eight-hour working day made up n the days of Henry Ford can’t possibly make sense to all the jobs that exist today. For years, studies have been pointing to the fact that more putting in more hours doesn’t mean getting more done.

Madeleine’s article is full of interesting statistics:

  • People that worked 25 hours in the workplace weren’t more productive than people that worked for 5.
  • People that worked 25 hours in the workplace weren’t more productive than people that worked for 5.
  • Managers couldn’t tell the difference between people that worked 80 hours a week and people that pretended they had.
  • People spend 47% of their time not thinking about something other than what they’re doing.
  • One to three hours of ‘deep work’ could be as effective as a normal full workday.
  • Most productive people take more frequent breaks.
  • The average professional’s work is interrupted 87 times a day.

Read the article:

Why you should manage your energy, not your time

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