Are you a 52/17?

Did you know that the most productive people work 52 minutes and then take a 17-minute break? This came out of a recent study, but frankly, it’s not surprising. (My mom used to persuade me to rest regularly – I was a bit of an overachiever in school.)

While these kinds of definite pronouncements based on aggregate productivity, breaks, time managementdata always make me a little wary, I absolutely agree with the basic message: work less to achieve more – within reason.

In my experience as a life coach, the exact timing of work and rest varies greatly from one person to the next. I always encourage my clients to find their own sweet spot when it comes to switching focus or stepping away from a task.

What is your most productive on/off ratio? Stick to it and you’ll see vast improvements in your productivity. In any case, you’ll feel much more focused and relaxed when working.

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