I may have discovered (and certainly not mastered!) two recipes for hyper-productivity. The trouble, they don’t exactly go hand in hand;
1) Make yourself a cup of tea.
2) Close down every web browser window and open your email client
3) Physically disconnect your computer from the internet completely
4) Turn your mobile phone off
5) Open up a blank word (or notepad) document and have a proper notepad next to you.
5) Work at full speed for two 45 minute bursts, with a 15 minute (complete) break in the middle
1) Make yourself a cup of coffee
3) Make sure your computer is reconnected to the internet
4) Turn your mobile phone on
5) Spend 15 minutes unleashing a flurry of emails to people who you really want to make stuff happen with
6) Allow yourself to get massively distracted by the first people who come back to, surfing the top of your inbox with delight.
7) Allow yourself to scurry off down hyperlink rabbit holes not knowing where they might end.
7) Make long shot random calls to people and companies you feel you just have to connect with
8) Continue this process for no more than 2 sessions of 45 minutes. Allow yourself a break from your working area during this time, however don’t slow down during that break.
I think that if you are able to crack one of each of these hyper-zones per day (total 3 hours), you’re on to something amazing. The rest of the time, you’ll be blending techniques, meeting people, working ‘normally’ etc.
What do you reckon? Do either of these resonate with you? Have you got other techniques?