We all have encountered days where all your energy is just sucked right out of you or that you are just not in the mood to do anything other than Netflix and chill. No matter how un-happening our days get, sometimes we could be moving forward aimlessly trying to get one thing done after another without the intention of being your most productive self. Even though you are competent, efficient, and smart, you can still be tempted to procrastinate and dread completing a necessary task. We all like to think that we are waiting for the right time or getting into the mood or vibe, only then, we will hit productivity at its optimum. And although that seems to work sometimes, the last-minute adrenaline rush also causes a lot of stress and restlessness. Not to mention, it can be a mental energy drain.

Our day consists of 24 hours. Think of it as 3 8-hour intervals. What is the 3 key things that makes or break a person’s day? It’s whether you have gotten a good night’s sleep, have you eaten well, and have you had blood pumping enough oxygen to your brain? In other words, sleep, eat, and exercise are 3 key essential factors to boosting productivity.

The chart shows an example of 3 distinct time intervals:
First 8 hours are from 12am to 8am. Lets name this interval Sleep.
Second 8 hours are from 8am to 4pm. Lets name this interval Eat.
Third 8 hours are from 4pm to 12am. Lets name this interval Exercise.
And the cycle repeats itself.

Pick one of the following methodology to start it off:

  1. You complete the task at the beginning of each interval (12AM, 8AM, 4PM)
  2. You do it anytime between the interval (12AM to 8AM, 8AM to 4PM, 4PM to 12AM)
  3. You do it +- 2 hours of the beginning interval (10PM to 10AM, 6AM to 6PM, 2PM to 2AM)

Once you have established what your intervals are for Sleep, Eat, and Exercise, you can choose which methodology works best for your schedule.

Once you have established what your intervals are for Sleep, Eat, and Exercise, you can choose which methodology works best for your schedule.

Once that completes you can move on to creating a list of possible Sleep, Eat, and Exercise suggestions in a 3p x 8h matrix. It is up to you to create a new matrix either for every week, month, quarter, or year.

It is important to create a routine that your mind is accustomed to so you can automate the sequence and the level of activities that comes after it. Too many changes can cause a decline in energy because your mind needs to keep up to those changes and it would feel like you are always starting over.

However, it is advisable to come up with a new matrix when you are starting to dread the current routine and you are beginning to feel like it’s a chore. The matrix keeps you in check but it must be balanced with the right amount of excitement. This way it continues to function as your personalized productivity boost.

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Food for thought
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