Here's the Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day
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So the work day is over. Is that it? Nope. There's an optimal way to handle your schedule after the sun goes down too.
5) A Relaxing Evening
What does research say can help you chill out? Hint: don't trust your instincts.
The things we frequently choose to reduce stress are often the least effective.
What does work? Seeing friends and active hobbies. What doesn't? More passive activities like TV, video games and eating.
According to the American Psychological Association, the most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby. (The least effective strategies are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than two hours.)
Past that, get to bed. Studies of world class performers show they have boundless energy, so get those zzz's to be one of them.
No, you can't cheat yourself on sleep and not see negative effects.
What does brain research tell us about cutting corners at bedtime? You're basically making yourself stupid:
The bottom line is that sleep loss means mind loss. Sleep loss cripples thinking, in just about every way you can measure thinking. Sleep loss hurts attention, executive function, immediate memory, working memory, mood, quantitative skills, logical reasoning ability, general math knowledge.
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So how do we bring this all together to be more successful?
Here's what a successful schedule looks like:
- Your Morning Ritual
- Important Work First Thing — With No Distractions
- Regroup When You Slow Down
- Meetings, Calls And Little Things In The Afternoon
- A Relaxing Evening
Sadly, we can't all dictate our own schedule. That's why there are no specific times listed above.
But we can all opt to do some things before or after others. Stop focusing on just getting lots of random things done to pretend you're making progress.
All moments in your day are not equal, and all tasks are not of equal importance.
Knowing the best time to get the right things done is key.
What will this schedule do for you? Well, when the day ends you'restill going to find that you didn't get everything done.
But that won't bother you much because you did the things that mattered, and did them well.
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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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