Ultradian Rhythms: How to Achieve Peak Productivity

June 30, 2020 in Productivity Science

ultradian rhythm

Ultradian rhythms are recurring bodily cycles that take place during the course of a 24-hour day.

The term “ultradian rhythm” might sound abstruse, but the concept is simple. Working with your ultradian rhythm is all about following your body’s natural work/rest cycles to reduce fatigue and increase productivity.

Here’s everything you need to know about ultradian rhythms and how you can use them to become a productivity zen master.

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Context Switching is Destroying Your Day. Here’s How to Fight Back.

June 11, 2020 in Productivity Science

context switchingContext switching, where you try to juggle multiple tasks at once, can lower productivity by as much as 80%. 80%!

If left unchecked, context switching only destroys your productive time, it can also overload your brain (makes you dumber as I’ll show below) and stresses you out.

In this article, I’m going to show you the research on context switching and then show you exactly how to fight it.

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Heart Rate Variability and the Scientific Path to Greater Productivity

June 8, 2020 in Productivity Science

heart rate variability cover imageHeart rate variability is a measure of the difference in time between heartbeats.

Simple as it is, heart rate variability or HRV for short, contains a lot of messages about how your body is performing.

Physicians and athletes have understood the importance and principles of heart rate variability, but the implications of HRV have seldom been traced to some of the most important aspects of life — our daily work.

This article explains what heart rate variability is, what it means specifically, and how to use this data to perform better in your daily work, even if you’re not an endurance athlete or a physician.

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Cognitive Load and 9 Implications for Increased Productivity

June 3, 2020 in Productivity Science

cognitive loadCognitive load is the amount and type of information your brain can hold and process at one time.

Obviously, there’s a limit to your cognitive load.

You can’t do too many things at once, and you certainly can’t do a lot of things well at one time.

Cognitive load theory, then, states that if we want our brain to function at peak performance, we must be intentional in the types of mental tasks we take on.

This article isn’t for cognitive theorists or neurologists, nor was it written by one. But for multitasking information workers, understanding and applying cognitive load theory is of utmost importance.

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