What is the most important part of your workday? Is it the middle of the day, just after lunch? Perhaps, you think it’s the very end of the day when you accomplish that final task and end your day on a good note. Maybe, you think it’s when you complete a great meeting with a new client.
If you said any of these things, you are wrong. According to a Thrive Global article from earlier this year, the 90 minutes at the beginning of your day could set the stage for your productivity level for the rest of the day. How, though, can you make the most of this 90-minute period and in turn make the most of your whole workday?
The 90-Minute Productivity Plan
Planning for your 90-minute productive period actually starts the night or evening before. At the end of each workday, determine the most important task you need to complete the next day. This should be the task you focus on for your first 90-minute work session. Getting the most important task out of the way first gives you energy, and it makes you feel a greater sense of accomplishment. This might be just the encouragement you need to make the rest of your day productive.
This pattern of productivity should continue throughout your day. While you can (and should) take a break after you have completed 90-minutes of focused work, avoid taking a long break. When possible, establish a pattern of working for 60-90 minutes at a time and taking about a 10-20-minute break between tasks. This break, though, does not need to be completely unproductive. Use this time to talk to a colleague, take a walk, or work on a less intense task. After your break, you should feel rejuvenated and ready to jump back into work.
One important thing to know about this 90-minutes of productivity is that while it should be early in your day, it does not necessarily need to be the very first thing that you do in the morning. For some people, getting in their first 90-minute intense work session first thing is essential. For other people, they need to check their email or do another task that takes less mental energy first thing. Otherwise, they aren’t awake enough to complete the harder tasks.
Figure out what works for you. Just make sure that you do not wait too long before getting in your first 90-minute focused work session. At the very least, it should be done by midday. The longer you wait to get productive, the harder it is to make your day productive.
Other Keys to Productive Work
Of course, there are several other things you can do to increase your productivity. When combined with your 90-minute productivity plan, you might find yourself getting a lot more accomplished.
Get Up Early
By getting up early, you can get started on your day earlier. Often, this allows you to have several tasks completed before your peers have even gotten out of bed. Just be sure to get to bed early enough to get up early. Getting enough sleep is another important key to success and productivity.
Establish a Schedule
If you are struggling with productivity, you may also want to establish a schedule and stick to it. Without a schedule, it’s easy to procrastinate, saying you’ll do something later today or even later this week. Unfortunately, that often results in the task not getting completed at all.
Ask For Help
No one can do everything on their own. Sometimes, the most important thing you can do to increase your productivity is to ask for help. Whether you don’t understand a task, you simply have too much on your plate, or you have work that can get done faster and easier if two people work together, never be afraid to admit that you can’t do something on your own.
Connect with Nature
Take a walk outside. Get an office plant. Spend the weekend doing yard work. Find other ways to connect with nature. Doing so can help with mental energy, stress, concentration, and creativity, which is going to make you more productive.