Hard-wired For Bursts
Why the 40-hour work week isn’t as productive as you think!
For most people, the 40-hour work week is standard (and for plenty more, so is the 50, 60, and 70+…yikes!)
However, the MAXIMUM time we can sustain intense focus and productivity is approximately three hours a day. Now, realistically, we can’t march into our boss’ office demanding a shorter working week. (Although promising studies are paving the way for this.)
However, we can embrace brain-friendly routines that speak to our evolutionary predisposition to have short bursts of energy and productivity instead of slogs of time and output.
Here are a few:
✔ Ensure you get enough sleep each night
✔ Make time to exercise, even if it’s walking around your office
✔ Take breaks to reset and stimulate dopamine levels
✔ Concentrate on deep work by turning off phones and emails