Are you as productive as you could be? - Selena Tramayne, Ph.D.

Are you as productive as you could be?

By Selena Tramayne | Workflow + Productivity

Ever feel like the Little Engine That Could when moving towards your goals?

Chugging along, while doing your best to hold on to the dream. Feeling like you're never, ever, ever going to get there.

The top of that mountain just looks so huge sometimes, doesn't it?

What if you could be the Shanghai Transrapid (the fastest train on the planet) instead of the Little Engine That Could? Moving towards your dreams like the Shanghai Transrapid is easy if you have the right strategies.

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The 90-15-15 productivity strategy is one of my favorites.

It's simple. Easy. And powerful.

And it's based on the Pomodoro technique. But with a few upgrades to make it extra powerful.

For instance, with the original Pomodoro technique, you work for 25 minutes and take a break for 5. Francesco Cirillo originally developed it to help people stop procrastinating.

But here’s the problem...

The original Pomodoro isn’t effective if you’re not having trouble with procrastination. The 25 minute work time isn’t long enough to do what’s needed in one sitting and a 5-minute break doesn’t cut it either. What can you really get done in 5 minutes besides a decent neck stretch?

So... I made both the work and break times longer to fit how I like to work.

And then I added a twist.

Every two hours it looks like this…
40 Minutes | Focused Work

90 MINUTES

FOCUSED WORK

5 Minutes | Check Email

15 MINUTES

CHECK EMAIL

15 Minutes | Take a Break

15 MINUTES

TAKE A BREAK

90 Minutes of Deep Work

During the 90 minutes, I do my best to turn off any distractions. I make it a game to see how much work I can get done in those 90 minutes.

15 Minutes of Checking Messages

Next, I check email, Slack, and Facebook for 15 minutes -- making sure to work on the highest priority messages first. You'd be surprised how many messages you can read and respond to when the clock is ticking. This allows me to get back to people every two hours which is pretty responsive in most cases. I leave the non-urgent messages for my admin time (after lunch and right before I end for the day).

15 Minute Break

Finally, for the break, I step away from my desk and do something physically active for 15 minutes. This can be…

  • Cleaning (I work from home)
  • Lifting some weights
  • Doing some yoga stretches
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    Taking a quick walk outside
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    Taking a dance break. Yes, I take these and I highly recommend, especially when you’re needing an energy boost.  Go here and try it now.  You’re welcome. (Careful: the video starts automatically)

Which one I choose for any given break depends on what I'm in the mood for (and how messy my place is).

Thus, if you think about it, by the end of the day...

  • I've gotten a ton of work done, 
  • have a clean home,
  • exercised and stretched,
  • and partied it up. ​

Not bad for 8 hours.

Try it for yourself. The idea is to maximize your productive mental time to get stuff done...

While also giving your mind a rest and your body some movement.

Productivity never felt so good.

With love & joy, 

P.S. Know another coach who could benefit from the 90-15-15 productivity strategy? Go ahead and share it with them here...


About the Author

Selena Tramayne, Ph.D. is the founder of The Tramayne Group, which provides programs and coaching services to benefit new and emerging coaches. She runs online masterminds and group coaching, as well as provides one-on-one consulting to amazing coaches who want to take their business to the next level. When not working in and on her business, she can be found hiking, mountain biking, and going on bliss walks near her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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