I'm curious... how do you guys/gals set up your day?

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One thing that helped me a TON a few years ago was when I read "The Power of Full Engagement" by Tony Schwartz.

It basically said that we're NOT physically "set up" to work 6, 8, 10 hours straight... that our days should consist of periods of alternating rest and work.

It all sounded a bit "hokey" until I tried it.

3 years later and I STILL work this way.

Think of your work day as consisting of several sprints instead of a marathon session.

So, for me, I start at 8 a.m. or so... work until 10:00 a.m., take an hour break, work from 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m., hit the gym, and then work from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., have dinner with the fam... and work from 7 p.m. til 8 p.m.

Anyone else work like this, staggered throughout the day, instead of straight shots?

I've noticed I have so much more energy/focus/concentration when I work in "bursts" or cycles instead of 6 hours straight through.
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  • Profile picture of the author Max Anderson
    Yes, I do. I usually work 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening. I couldnĀ“t work longer even if I wanted to...
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I am an early riser. Wake up at 3AM. Run/jog/swim. Hit the forums for 1 to 2 hours. Write. Read stuff that helps with my writing. Write. Create stuff for my own projects. Write. The rest of my time I spend with my newborn son and my wife. Thank the Lord for a great day and start the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author aluminum
    I am similar to the way you work.
    I tend to find myself working for about 2 hours at a time, and then take a break. The break is usually working out, eating something or reading a book.

    Doing marathon sessions usually makes me less productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author MadeofSEO
    You are absolutely right. It's always easier to work in cycles. I haven't even thought about it but I am doing the same things. It is too hard for me to work like 9 hours in a row and be productive in this way. Moreover sometimes it is even depressive for me to think that now I will be working 9 hours in a row.

    I quit my daily job because I didn't love those limitations so why should I have them working on my own?
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  • Profile picture of the author Katherine Henders
    I usually think of my day as a succession of projects, rather than one long go. I take a break after every project/task i complete.
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    • Profile picture of the author ajbarnes777
      Most of what I (and I'm sure many others) do online is CREATIVE based...

      Therefore, I typically get work done when I'm most creative. This is usually first thing in the morning, or after I've exercised, or later in the evening, or after having coffee... or a nice glass of red wine.

      Works like a charm!
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  • Profile picture of the author BuyExpiredDomains
    I'd love to be able to do. I think this is exactly how I would work if I worked for myself. While having a typical 9-5 it's not quite as feasible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    I setup my day and list all the activities I want to accomplish ahead of time. Now unless I have scheduled appointments, I go through and try to work through my list without any set break times. The key is to see how long I can work in a flow state until the brain tells me that it's time to recharge. When it tells me that it's time to break, then I will break (OK, occasionally I will give in to my dog and break when he gives me the sad look! )

    Sometimes it's a 6 hour continual session and other times it's 1 hour. But either way, you have to strike while the iron is hot so yes planning the activities out is good but considering the multitasking/creative nature of this business, you have to have some flexibility!
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Great question and I wish more people - especially the struggling and newbie ones - would quit trying to work in such a strict format.

    Even in an office 8-5 job, we see people breaking - not even officially, just getting up to stroll and chat and waste time.

    I personally flit around all day and I'm one of the most productive people I know, running several income streams and enjoying my family, finding time for entertainment and cleaning house. I don't use egg timers or blocks of time.

    I'm personally not cut out for that. I might write this post here and then get up to do the dishes, then sit down, write a page of content, get up and play with my daughter, etc. I flit all day and it's amazing and enjoyable.

    I never feel like I'm working because half the time, I'm not! And when I am, well I know it's not for long, so I never dread it.

    Most people think this is an "organization" or "show me your schedule so I can copy it" kind of thing but it's not - it's about your mindset and how you accomplish your tasks and goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author brutecky
    Thats exactly how I work. 10am to 12 midnight, staggered throughout the day. Work when I want, stop when I want. Its this kind of freedom that is the real appeal to working online (at least for me)
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  • Profile picture of the author HunterWoods
    11: Getting out of bed
    12: Eating breakfast and reading news, mail, etc etc, AKA "morning routine"
    13: Working
    15: Making dinner
    16:30: Back to work
    20:00: Hits The Gym
    22:30: Back to work
    23:30: Night dinner
    00:00: Back to work
    03:00: Bedtime

    Then history repeats itself day after day, except for weekends
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Something like this ...

    1. Walk the dog
    2. Eat breakfast
    3. Watch morning news on the box
    4. Check/action emails
    5. Write post
    6. Do a bit of research
    7. Have lunch
    8. Walk the dog
    9. Sit for a while on Exmoor or by the beach just thinking
    10. Go to the pub
    11. Dinner
    12. Blob out

    As they say, 'rinse and repeat' ... with slight variations but never without walking the dog and thinking.

    Will
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  • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
    I work at my 9-5 (not quitting. I LOVE my freaking job and I don't care if I make more in my business). Gym. And then I work from 10 pm to 2 am.

    5 days a week. Weekends I shut down.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by shawnlebrun View Post

    Anyone else work like this, staggered throughout the day, instead of straight shots?
    My routine is more of a straight shot, but that's just because lately i've been applying the 95/5 rule lol...

    I spend 95% of my time on one particular marketing strategy, and 5% on all the rest... which is only like 3 strategies that can each be completed within 5 minutes. Then i chill for the rest of the day, and do what i want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Pescetti
    Fact...

    You can't produce inspired, effective work - IF your autonomic nervous system is fried (keeping you tragically stuck in the sympathetic mode.)

    So the question is:

    How can I maximize production, while maintaining a calm, vital body?

    The answer?

    It ain't sitting in front of the computer all day.

    Shawn's right. You have to stagger your work time... with plenty of rest and play time too.

    Shawn mentioned hitting the gym. That's great. I'll do yoga, meditate or even convince my wife to have sex with me;-)

    Generally...

    I'll write from about 9am - 1pm. Take some time off. Come back in a few hours for the administrative part of my business, like answering emails and returning phone calls, then I'll write from about 6pm - 8 or 9pm.

    That's not my routine everday, but most.

    Mark

    P.S. Most million dollar ideas come when you're far away from the computer. Remember that. Don't convince yourself you need to work... just to work. There's a big difference between being productive and just spinning your wheels (which is a great way to get burnt out in a hurry.)
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