I have a bit of a short cut for when I’m working on a big project or am knees-deep in a creative process, it’s something I call the 90/10 rule.
Because sometimes when you are so tunnel visioned powering through an intricate task, you typically come up against a lot of mental blocks and hurdles.
Sometimes I’m a freak, sometimes I’ll nail it for three hours and then I’ll start to feel like my head’s caving in. And then I’ll get up, walk away for 10 minutes, come back and it’s like I’ve had a good night’s sleep.
So, work for 90 minutes and then have a 10 minute break.
And when I say a 10 minute break I’m not talking about jumping on Facebook. I’m not talking about showing your mates photos of your girlfriend. I’m not talking about social media. I’m not talking about reading a newspaper.
I’m talking about getting up, going out on the balcony, breathing in some fresh air, going to the toilet, having a cup of tea or a glass of water.
And why do you think that is really important?
Number one – rest. It’s called interval training. Why do you think boxers or athletes, when they train, they’ll train for a specific period of time, then they’ll rest, then they’ll train, then they’ll rest, then they’ll train, then they’ll rest?
Interval training is probably one of the most effective ways of building cardio vascular resistance and stamina. So, you need to rest.
The second one is, we tap into the subconscious.
The subconscious works best when the conscious mind is free from abstraction or distraction.
Have you ever asked a question but couldn’t find the answer so you went away and washed the dishes or went off to do something else and then BAM the answer has come to you?
This is because you’ve allowed your conscious mind to wander.
I find it amazing. If I need answers, I’ll ask the question before I go to bed 10 times. Literally, lying in bed with a question. Ask it, ask it, ask it, ask it and then literally, I’ll wake up with the answer.
This freaks me out. It is such a powerful tool. And doing 90/10 is along the same lines.
Work for 90, rest for 10. Go for 90 minutes on and then 10 minutes off.
Trust me, your efficiency will go through the roof.