Eben Pagan has some of the best productivity/time management content for small business owners especially those that do their work on the internet. Here’s a recent video he did. It has a lot of great advice. I don’t usually take notes while consuming content, but Eben’s video had such great content that I found myself pausing the video at important points and taking notes.
Here are the concepts I found useful.
Don’t Multitask; Instead, Focus
The best work schedule is filled with short work bursts of concentrated focus of about one hour. Studies have shown that this time period is about how long we are capable of staying focused on a task without needing a break or experiencing degradation in our ability to focus.
Multitasking is very bad for productivity. Very bad. Multitasking lowers your IQ more than marijuana! Therefore, we need work environments that keep distractions and interruptions at a minimum.
Avoiding multitasking means doing one thing and one thing only.Â Adhering to this rule is very important since it’s so easy to get distracted while working online.
We have to learn how control our “monkey mind”. This terms refers to the times when our brain stops focusing and gets distracted with thoughts unrelated to the task at hand. Having short work periods of about one hour helps, but we still have to be disciplined to continually refocus our mind when it wanders.
Breaks are Good
Our bodies have a natural rhythm. We will have energy for about 90-120 minutes and then we’ll hit a lull. Anticipate this lull and don’t fight it.Â It’s your body telling you to take a break.Â Taking a short 10 minute break away from work to let the body rejuvenate itself. If you avoid these breaks, you’ll overwork and damage your body.
Overwork leads to missing out on the big picture. We lose who we are and why we got into the business world in the first place.
Set Yourself Up With a Great First Hour
The first hour of your day is the most important hour of the day. You yourself are the biggest leverage point in your business, so use that hour to take care of yourself. Focus on making yourself strong physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Eben’s sample first hour goes something like this:
- Drink one liter of water
- Exercise for 20-30 minutes
- Meditate for 5-10 minutes
- Eat a healthy meal
- Read for 5-10 minutes
Along with improving your productivity, this first hour will help you produce better work.Â If you’re taking care of yourself, you’ll take care of your customers and business partners better.
Again, here’s the video. Check it out and let me know what you think.