Have you ever noticed how you walk faster when it's cold outside? Your brain knows it’s not comfortable, so it prioritizes getting you inside where it's warm. What if you could trick your brain into the same sort of focused effort when you need to get work done?
A 'cold hour approach' is a productivity technique where you dedicate a specific, uninterrupted hour each day to focus exclusively on work. Like walking faster in the cold, you're making a concentrated effort to complete a task efficiently. It's about entering a state of 'flow' - where you are wholly absorbed in what you're doing, and everything else fades into the background.
How to Implement 'Cold Hours'
Choose the Right Time: Pick an hour where you're typically the most productive and alert. For some, it's early morning; for others, it might be late at night. Experiment to find your prime time.
Eliminate Distractions: Close unnecessary tabs, put your phone on silent, and set a 'do not disturb' status if necessary. Tell your coworkers or family you're entering your 'cold hour' and need to be left alone.
Set a Timer: There's something about knowing that you only need to focus for a set amount of time that helps your brain kick into gear. Use a timer to define the start and end of your 'cold hour'.
Prepare Your Work: Before your 'cold hour', decide what you're going to work on. Make sure it's something significant that requires your full attention.
Take a Break Afterwards: After such an intense session, take a break. Your brain will need time to recharge before moving on to the next task.
Evaluate Your Performance: Take note of what worked and what didn't. Did you choose the right task? Were you interrupted? Use this information to improve your next 'cold hour'.
The 'cold hour' strategy isn't about pushing yourself to the limit every day; it's about working smarter, not harder. It's about learning to manage your energy levels and focus when it counts most.
Embrace the cold. Harness the power of focused, productive hours.
This is just one of many strategies to enhance productivity. Implementing 'cold hours' can be your first step towards a more productive and efficient work lifestyle. Give it a try, and see how much you can achieve when you walk faster in the cold.
Stay tuned for our next blog post where we'll explore another unique strategy to enhance your work-life balance. Let us know if you have any questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you!