The most productive people work for 52 minutes at a time, then break for 17 minutes before getting back to it.
The employees with the highest productivity ratings, in fact, don’t even work eight-hour days. Turns out, the secret to retaining the highest level of productivity over the span of a workday is not working longer—but working smarter with frequent breaks.”
The makers of a productivity app examine their user data to extract “the rule of 52 and 17.” This, of course, is nothing new – previous productivity studies of elite violinists have found that the best of them work in 90-minute chunks separated by 20-minute breaks.
Pair with some handy tips on how to master the pace of being productive, but don’t forget that presence is a greater art than productivity.
“A good goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.”
– Chris Soriano (via w-ildfires)