Productivity and Stress

Oct 06

Productivity and Stress

StressYesterday was one of those days where there was MUCH more stress than was healthy.  A big project for our family business was due, and a lot of things were going wrong – and had been for quite a while with this particular project.  I started the day at 6:00am and pushed through until 4:00pm in a high-focus, ultra-concentration mode.

However, as urgent as the project was, I knew from past experience that we had a couple of options: we could simply push until we were “finished” – in more ways than one – or we could remember to take a break.  We chose the latter – to the benefit of everyone concerned.

Here’s how the day ran:

6:00-8:00 – high focus, high concentration, high productivity.

8:-9:30 – tea, connection with the kids, and a couple of episodes of “Corner Gas” – accompanied by much hilarious laughter, which we all know is a stress reliever!

9:30-12:00 – we all knew the importance of completing our projects, so the three of us sat down and got our respective acts together regarding our project deadlines.  More high concentration, more amazing productivity.

12:-1:30 – lunch with another couple of episodes of our beloved “Corner Gas” with the resulting bouts of laughter and stress relief.

1:30 -4:00 – Final burst of insane concentration and productivity.  Pleased with our final results, we went to Starbucks and celebrated, poked around the library, picked up pirogies for dinner (as we had been seriously tempted by them in one of the Corner Gas Episodes), and then I went for a walk in the beautiful sunshine, focusing not on speed or training, but on deep breathing and clearing my mind.  I returned home relaxed and refreshed.

Last night I attended an excellent free seminar here in Calgary put on by Greg Habstritt and he was talking about productivity (among other things).  He made the comment that most people get about 1.23 hours of productive working time in each day.  I was pleased to be able to look back on my day and realize that I had been ultra productive.  I don’t think it’s healthy to work with that kind of high focus every day all day, but Greg’s point of needing to figure out how to increase our productivity so we can have more time to live hit home when I realized just how much we were able to accomplish in such a short time.

How about you?  Do you find yourself able to have highly productive time each day?  Does it create high tension and stress in your life?  Are you just overwhelmed?  Do you have any secrets to share about productivity and stress management that we could all benefit from?  I’m interested to see your comments below.

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