How to Get 4+ Hours of Work Done in Two Hours
Our body functions in cycles. For example, our circadian rhythm dictates when we sleep. Likewise, our brains also work in cycles. The human mind can only focus so long before it fatigues. It is much smarter to follow the natural Ultradian rhythm instead of going against it.
Follow the 50-10-50-30 rule.
Work on one subject uninterrupted for fifty minutes. I recommend the built in stopwatch app in your smartphone. You can always use online stopwatches or buy one for really cheap. Turn off all distraction. No cell phones, no laptops, no disruptions. Set the timer to fifty minutes then begin working.
You’ll find that after the first twenty minutes or so, you’ll enter a flow state.
After the fifty minute is up, set the timer for ten minutes and relax completely. Watch videos, go on FB, talk with friends, etc.
Then work for another fifty minute block period. Again, no distractions. It is best to work on the same subject if you haven’t finished since your mind is still in that state.
After those fifty minutes are up, relax completely for thirty minutes. Get up and move around, eat a meal, or take a nap. Allow your brain to recharge.
I usually finish all my homework / studying after one 50-10-50-30 period. But if you don’t, you can do another 50-10-50-30 period. If you choose to implement just one study tip, implement this one! It take some discipline, but if you really follow the time guideline and work with interruptions, you’ll be two or three times more efficient. You’ll get more done in two hours than you could have ever imagined.