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The 3-or-4-hours rule

October 18

“You almost certainly can't consistently do the kind of work that demands serious mental focus for more than about three or four hours a day,” claims Oliver Burkeman in his time-managment article The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done. He reaches a logical conclusion:

“Ringfence three or four hours of undisturbed focus (ideally when your energy levels are highest). Stop assuming that the way to make progress on your most important projects is to work for longer. … Just focus on protecting four hours – and don't worry if the rest of the day is characterised by the usual scattered chaos.”

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