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Jan 11, 2016

The Adventure of Keeping It All Together - Focus

Becky and Diana discuss ideas and strategies for maximum productivity.

Your brain is a muscle, and like all muscles, it tires from repeated stress.

  • A recent study shows that the most productive people worked in 52 minute segments followed by 17 minute breaks.
  • When you focus too long, your brain becomes fatigued and your production actually goes down.
  • Taking a break is as important to productivity as focused work.
  • Productive work happens in sprints not marathons.
  • Short bursts of focus (52 minutes or so) builds the brain.
  • You have to know your own focus limits – the optimal out of time for you to work in a stretch (no, it’s not 8 hours!).
  • Schedule breaks, and stick to a time limit by using timers or an app like BreakTime.
  • Use timers to keep track of how long you have been working and how long your breaks are.
  • Be realistic in your estimation of how long a task will take – put in time to ramp up if you’re learning something new or doing something difficult.
  • Turn Off To Tune In - All alerts are distractions, even the anticipation of an alert is a distraction.
  • Set Boundaries - Teach people how to treat you and respect your time.
  • The BreakTime app lets you set up how long you want to work and how long a break you want to take. It lets you know when it’s time to work, when it’s break time, and when it’s time to go back to work.


Your brain is a muscle, and like ALL muscles, it tires from repeated stress. So work in sprints, not marathons.