How to Work Uninterrupted for Longer
In a typical 8 hour work day, the average worker will only be productive for around 3 hours, according to a study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Most of the time, people will sit down and ramp up to a productive frame of mind. They'll work for a bit and then lose their concentration. Then they'll find it again – and lose it again. This cycle repeats until it's time to clock out. But maybe you don't want to do that.
Imagine that you could avoid wasting your time simply by just working for 3 or 4 hours nonstop. If that's the kind of person you want to be, here are a few tips to get you started.
Plan out what your tasks will be beforehand
To maximize productivity, you have to hit the ground running – and you can't do that if you're not sure what exactly you need to accomplish. So the night before, plan out what's on tomorrow's to-do list. It might also be beneficial to organize your tasks in a hierarchy so that you aren't deciding last minute what you want to tackle first.
For more useful tips, check out our guide on how to plan your day better.
Prepare for a long work session
Once you sit down, your goal is to be in that working mindset for the long haul. To aid in that effort, you have to get reduce the number of potential reasons to get distracted and break your concentration. Some things you could try are…
Get snacks and drinks before you sit down.
Close all irrelevant applications and tabs.
Keep your phone out of sight.
Isolate yourself from others who might distract you
Hold yourself accountable
It's very easy to relapse into unproductivity when you want to accomplish something daunting. The working mindset is fragile – you could be in the midst of working for two hours then the thought of checking your email pops in your head. In these instances, it's important to push that idea out.
Like any habit, you'll see results the more you do it and hold yourself accountable. Your concentration and productivity will increase exponentially if you repeatedly work in these long sessions.
This will also help to combat days when life happens, or you simply don't feel the urge to work. Those days will inevitably happen – but when it does, they will be insignificant because you've instilled in yourself the ability to focus and be productive for long periods of time.