Working lengthy hours can wear you down and make the work feel endless. Adopt the 30/30 Minute Work Cycle, half an hour of intense work followed by half an hour of relaxation, to renew your focus and boost your energy.
Working long periods without a break decreases your focus and increases the feeling that the work is endless. Struggling with logging very long but not very productive hours, Chetan Surpur — an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student — decided to start working in blocks of 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute break. He writes:
Spending a ton of hours trying to work still feels like a ton of hours of work, even if you end up getting nothing done. With the 30/30 cycle, you're only working half the time, and the relaxation time actually feels like relaxation without the stress of work. This makes many continuous hours of work much more bearable and productive.
For people in situations where "work" can fill the entire day when the responsibilities of work, school, and family projects are all factored in, spreading breaks and relaxation throughout a long day is a great way to fit in needed rest. Read more about the benefits he has experienced and tips for implementing his half on/half off system at the link below. To read more about the benefit of structures work and play, check out our review of Neil Foire's The Now Habit.
The 30/30 Minute Work Cycle Feels Like Magic [Chetan Surpur]