How to Work Smarter & Not Harder in 2020…& Happy New Year! :)

Happy New Year from the Schaefer family!

No matter what your New Year’s Resolutions are (or maybe you don’t have any) you probably want to hit the ground running and make it your best year yet.

Therefore, I want to give you a few stats and studies to think about as you begin to plan your days! 🙂

   Productivity Tip #1 – Work in Intervals

We think as soon as our feet hit the ground we need to GO GO GO until we are back in bed, but the reality is we survive and thrive by rhythms. There’s the circadian which regulates when we should be awake and sleeping. Then there’s the ultradian rhythm, which regulates work and rest and is from 90 to 120 minutes that repeats through the day.

This means that after about 90 minutes our brains begin to crave rest and renewal. 

Our brain requires about 20 minutes between each cycle to recover. 

We need to understand that periods of rest are not a reward for great work but a requirement for great work to happen.

    Productivity Tip #2 – Track Your Hours / Week

Stanford researchers discovered that your productivity actually drops dramatically once you hit the 50-hour mark in your work week.  Quality always out weighs quantity.

This fact was documented when Henry Ford decreased his wage workers hours from 9 hours to 8 hours and saw dramatic productivity increases.

   Productivity Tip #3 – Say NO to multi-tasking!

Scientists discovered that when we multi-task our productivity actually decreases by as much as 40 percent.

That’s about 16 hours we lose every week when we multi-task.

In a University of London study, researchers found that while people multi-tasked, their IQs dropped to levels similar to what we find in someone who skipped a night of sleep or smoked marijuana.  Yes you read that right!

So, here’s to a year of still working hard but definitely smarter! 🙂


* Stats and studies taken from the book The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

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