How to work 3-5 hours a day and manage more than 8 hours

Do you work a lot but don't have time for anything, take things home and be in the office on weekends? How do you learn to manage all your tasks in a few hours a day? You may find our tips helpful.


How to work 3-5 hours a day and manage more than 8 hours


Let me tell you a secret: the traditional 9:00 to 18:00 schedule is totally unsuitable for productive work, especially if it involves intellectual activity. Moreover, the most productive countries are the countries with the shortest working hours.


For example, Luxemburgers work an average of 30 hours a week, but their efficiency is higher than in countries where they work from dawn to dusk. Many people work 3-6 hours a day, while others sit in an office for 12 hours and don't get anything done. I personally work 3 to 5 hours a day.



Most people's working day consists of rushes, which are occasionally replaced by tea parties with colleagues and chatting with friends on social networks. The problem is that work schedules don't account for peak activity periods.


Those who are result-oriented rather than imitation-oriented not only work with full commitment, but also know how to disconnect from things. The secret of work efficiency is simple: you need to work quickly and intensively at the optimum time for it, and then to have a long and good rest and recuperate.


This principle was first formulated by fitness and bodybuilding trainers. They found that short, intense workouts do more good than long exercises.


Growth of both muscle and intelligence occurs during rest, and that is only possible after you are truly tired

It is more effective not to work for many hours in a row, but to do several approaches of 1-3 hours, diving as deeply into the work as possible. During the rest the brain will process the information, and by the next approach you will be ready for intensive activity again.


Studies have shown that only 16% of people generate creative ideas in the workplace. The rest noted that original ideas most often visit them during leisure time.


During work, we focus on the problem, but during rest, thoughts "wander" in different directions. More often than not, ideas come when we are moving: walking, cycling. Changing landscapes stimulate the imagination.



Psychologist Ron Friedman is convinced that the first hours of the new day are the most valuable in terms of productivity. It is during this time that we are able to focus as much as possible, plan optimally, think quickly and speak persuasively.


Lately I've been waking up at 5 a.m. and heading straight to the library. It's not easy to work on an empty stomach, so I drink a protein shake while I walk from my car to the library. Take 30 grams of protein half an hour after waking up, according to Tim Ferris.


At 5:30, I'm already in the reading room. I meditate for a few minutes and then 5-10 minutes of freerunning: writing down global goals and small tasks for the day, then just writing what comes to mind.


By 5:45, I'm ready to get to work. I'm writing an article or a chapter for a book, working on a doctoral dissertation or an online course

This mode is optimal for me. I can work 2-5 hours without interruptions or procrastination. Between 9:00 and 11:00 I take a break. This is the best time for exercise. I used to exercise right after I woke up, but I quickly realized that early mornings are better used for intellectual activity.


After an intense workout, you are ready to work out effectively again. My experience is that 3-5 hours of morning work is much more effective than an 8-hour workday.


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