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Survive: Learn the Productivity Cycle

Anything that you can do in tough times to enhance your productivity is to the good

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If you think the last 14 months have been tough, wait ’til Joe Biden’s civilization-destroying, $6.0 trillion, socialist spending binge kicks in, given that Congress is sufficiently moronic enough to pass it.

Taxes will have to rise markedly. The U.S dollar will be worth much less. The return of crippling inflation is likely. More companies will elect to operate elsewhere and jobs are bound to decrease. U.S. productivity will drop. The we want more ‘free stuff’ chorus will only become more demanding, and each year expect more.

Productivity Matters

On a personal basis, anything that you can do to enhance your productivity is to the good. The person who always knows best about what will keep you most productive is you. As often as you can, you want to work with your internal rhythm so that you get the best of yourself.

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For example, if you’ve been seated at your desk for twenty minutes or so, it’s best to get up and stretch, even if for a few seconds. Your veins need this and so does your heart.

Physiologically speaking, your body gives you the cues you need at precisely the right moment. It’s actually counter-productive to ignore bodily messages that say it’s time to stand up, to stretch, to take a drink, or what have you.

Daily Performance Ability

While we each have what is called a “normal” temperature, rarely does your body temperature maintain a steady 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Body temperature fluctuates over the course of a day in a relatively stable pattern controlled by the brain. Why does this matter?

Most aspects of your body’s performance ability are highest when your temperature is highest. This is true for physical coordination, memory, and alertness – all of which decrease as temperature decreases.

John Poppy, a health writer whose articles have appeared in Esquire, Men’s Health and Look Magazine, offers these tips for undertaking work-related activities, given your body’s natural capacities at different points in the day:

  • 10 a.m. Mental skills begin to rise. From now to noon is the best time to attack a challenging project or to make that pitch for a raise.
  • Noon. Brain power starts to dip. Contrary to popular belief, this “post-lunch dip”  can’t be entirely blamed on your midday meal. Scientists are not sure what prompts it. The dip occurs even though temperature is still curving upward.
  • 3 p.m. Alertness returns. Whatever the reason for the noon dip, it loosens its grip and you get your mental acuity and efficiency back.
  • 4 to 5 p.m. Best time for exercise. Muscle tone is at its peak at this time of the day. So good, in fact, that for many people, late afternoon is fitness time.
  • 8 p.m. Last call for alcohol…. if you want to sleep soundly during the night.

Tackling the Day’s Toughest Task

Has this ever happened to you? You approach the end of your workday and realize that you didn’t get to the most difficult tasks. If you’re like most people, you’re likely to accomplish more of what’s on your daily task list if you start with the hardest tasks. Moving on to the easy tasks then seems like a downhill bike ride.

Tackling tough tasks in the morning generally enhances your confidence level for the whole day. By increasing productivity at the beginning of your day, you often are motivated to perform better and accomplish more throughout the rest of your afternoon and evening.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Concentration and focus are under rated in our current era of multitasking

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As traffic starts to mount up everywhere, and more people are heading back to office, is the ill-advised practice  of multi-tasking regaining a foothold? Considering all that you need to do personally and professionally, are you attempting to handle too much?

These days, we all seem to be human doings, not human beings. Unfortunately, we give short shrift to concentration and focus. Indeed, concentration and focus are under rated in our current era of multitasking.

Consider this: A magnifying glass held up at the correct angle to the sun will quickly burn a hole through a piece of paper: concentration and focus. Meanwhile, no matter how much sun shines through your office window onto your desk, none of those tedious memos are going to catch on fire.  The lack of combustibility has nothing to do with the way the manufacturer engineered this flat piece of glass.

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Multi-tasking is occasionally helpful and satisfying but, along with the shower of information and communication overload, represents a paradoxical impediment to getting things done. Let’s see why.

Faster and Less Attentive

The term multi-tasking evolved from the computer industry, the early mainframe computers designed with parallel processes is perhaps the prime example of automated multi-tasking.

In many respects, the computer has accelerated our inattentiveness.  Personal computers achieved critical mass in 1981 with the introduction of the Apple Computer designed as an alternative to the IBM PC.  The affordable technology enabled us all to engage in sequential activities and elevate our propensity to become task-switchers.

Then for many reasons, and some so bizarre that they defy description, over the next 40 years we began to emulate our computers, multi-tasking while they multi-tasked.

Today, with the typical office professional sending or receiving more than 200 messages a day, counting all forms of communication, and all of them coming and going at shorter intervals, a generation of career professionals are being driven virtually to distraction. A number of the messages are fleeting, the meaning often unclear, and the result a listless and confused workforce.

Against the back drop of information and communication overload, ever-advancing technology, and more choices than anyone needs or even wants, an entire workforce generation has been taught to multi-task as if this is the way it has always been, needs to be, and always will be.

Continuous Partial Attention

Undivided attention is a term that has fallen out of use! Multitasking has become a norm giving rise to “continuous partial attention,” where nothing gets your true and undivided focus, and everything is homogenized to the point of carrying nearly equal weight.

We offer our attention here, there, and then somewhere else. Like a one-man band, we get our strokes from strumming the guitar, tapping our foot, and blowing on the harmonica. We equate accomplishment with flapping our wings, stirring up commotion, and making a lot of noise.

We can barely tolerate stillness. For many, silence doesn’t appear to be golden; it seems more like a dark space, lacking productivity that can yield nothing useful.

Undivided attention is a term that has fallen out of popular use. Generally, we feel guilty if we don’t multi-task! We contemplate our increasing workloads and responsibilities and how they are subject to continual shifts, and justify multi-tasking as a valid response to a world of flux.

Despite the temptation to do otherwise, focusing on the task at hand is vital to getting things done. Whether there’s a handful of tasks confronting you, or ideally only one, give all your time, attention, energy, focus, concentration, effort, and all that good stuff to the task at hand, and then turn to what’s next.

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It’s likely that people have always sought to handle many things simultaneously, stretching as far back as cave dwellers. Their multi-tasking effort probably seemed crude by comparison. Someday, somewhere, someone may discover that we are hardwired to continuously attempt to economize our use of time.

Our age old “flight or fight” response to perceived stressors in the environment works well, at intermittent times. The small jolts of concentrated energy and vigilance helps us to safeguard ourselves, our loved ones, and our possessions.

As a species however, we are not wired to effectively handle continuous streams of two major stress hormones — adrenaline and cortisol — on a daily basis.

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., director of the neuroendocrinology lab at Rockefeller University, observes that while we can apparently weather stresses and rapid hormonal changes in the short term, about 3 to 15 days, soon thereafter chronic stress begins to ensue.

The result is a weakened immune system, aggression, anxiety and a decrease in brain functioning which results in burnout. Dangerously high levels of cortisol can result in poor sleep patterns and insulin resistance, which can open the door to bad eating habits and weight gain.

 

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