I was listening to a webinar from Dr John Demartini and he made an interesting point which resonated and made so much sense…
If you love what you do and are inspired by it, you will not need to take regular breaks from your work.
It has been ingrained into us that we need to take regular breaks to keep up our motivation and concentration levels while working on various tasks. Work for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break. Work for 50 minutes, then take a 10 minute break, etc, etc, etc.
Actually this isn’t necessary – if you are doing something you enjoy.
Have you ever experienced “flow”? Flow is the concept coined by the Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The way you experience it is when you are so involved in the task you are doing at that moment in time, that you don’t realize the amount of time passing; space and time effectively disappear.
You can read more about him in this Wikipedia article:
I’ve experienced it on occasion (lately it’s when I’m writing for the blog or for my clients, or when creating Pinterest graphics – creativity is fun!). It’s good to notice when you feel you’re in “flow” because this is a clue to understanding what it is you inherently love to do.
But back to Dr Demartini for now…
He believes that everyone has a hierarchy of values and without realizing it, we are constantly making choices and living according to them (that is if we have not taken the time to work out our own hierarchy of values and understand what is truly most important to us – not what we think is most important or what would like to make the highest on our value list).
If you’d like to read more about how our inherent values determine our path in life and what we do on a daily basis, click here to read my post.
If you’d like to take the quiz to determine your value hierarchy, enter your email address below and I’ll send you the Value Determination Process PDF to work through – it’s amazing and could be somewhat life-changing!
So, to get to the point, the 8th, and possibly most important productivity tip when it comes to your work, is to do what you love – this way you will always be inspired, working will not feel like working, Monday mornings could be a whole different ball game and you may be happier overall!