I’m always researching ways to be more productive and how to better spend my time on tasks and projects. I think with our lifestyle changes over the last 15 years or so, combined with advancements in technology, we simply can’t do things the way we’ve always done them. Those who want to be successful at being productive, should be on the lookout for different ways to accomplish the “mountain” of tasks we have in our lives.
I was recently introduced to a new way of productive thinking called the 50/10 rule. In a nutshell, the 50/10 rule says that you work on a task or project for fifty straight minutes, and then you take a ten minute mental break. I was intrigued by this because I’ve always been a believer in “block” planning which means you focus your thoughts and energy to a specific tasks or project for a period of time.
Learning how to manage your day by using focus and a forced mental break is a great way to get MORE accomplished and feel great about it. Here’s why; When you focus your efforts and energy into one area, you prevent having to “start & stop” your brain from thinking about more things at one time – which it’s not designed to do. In addition, when you take a mental break, you give your mind the opportunity to relax which allows better performance throughout the day. The 50/10 rule appeals to me because it forces you to take a mental break. You may not want admit it, but you need a mental break. Our society is steeped in depression and anxiety mainly because of the mental pressure we’re constantly under.
If you’re tired of going home worn out and exhausted, then I would encourage you to try the 50/10 rule. You can read an in depth article here for additional details about this type of productivity and how it can benefit you.