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Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Two-Hour Work Session

Two hours seems about right. It is substantial enough to get a lot of work done, even with a few distractions. It's not so long that you need to get to make coffee or go to the bathroom. You have time to warm up and then cool down at the end, and switch focus a few times. If you don't get through the whole two hours, you're likely to have worked at least an hour fifteen.

String these together on successive days over a week or a month and and you will be unstoppable.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I agree on all these strategies about amounts of time, continuity and so on yet still think that the more fundamental issues are things like access to books. If you try to say interlibrary loan is a practical and spiritual substitute for the stacks at the Benson I visited yesterday, too much energy is taken up by the effort to repress the truth. And in my case, the repressed truth then bubbles up in the form of acute anxiety precisely during those two-hour work sessions. So yes, sure, 1.25 to 2.5 hours, aiming for two hours, going slightly less or slightly more, depending. It just isn't a panacea and I still maintain that for most people who have worked a full time job or done a PhD, time management isn't the problem. Which goes against what Boyce's research says, so maybe most university degrees are easier than ours???