5 essentials for greater productivity

Are you wasting your peak creativity periods on menial tasks, sapping your energy through the illusion of multitasking, and skipping restorative breaks? Here’s how to turn the tide.

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Ever suffered that mid-afternoon lag?

Through his Energy Project, Tony Schwartz has long been an innovator and instigator in the realm of how we can bring our best selves to work and sustain that level of great effort throughout the days, weeks, months and years.

This article can help you produce more and get better results by focusing on your “energy renewal.” Humans work on 90-minute cycles of energy, after which our energy and productivity drop.

Schwartz explains that although time is a finite resource, energy can be renewed and expanded through specific rituals. We can’t get more time in the day, but we actually don’t need it. By renewing our energy through specific techniques, we can remain at our highest level of productivity and happiness.

Here are five techniques that will keep you at your peak productivity:

1. Take effective breaks.

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