Question: What productivity trend should entrepreneurs actually stay away from?
Trying to "Hack" Your Sleep
"I've had lots of ambitious friends tell me that they've discovered a new way to get more waking hours in the day by "hacking" their sleep and keeping irregular schedules. The trouble with this is that you might be able to stay awake for more hours, but your productivity during those hours will decline tremendously."
Working on Sunday
"A lot of entrepreneurs sign on at the end of the weekend to get a jump on Monday -- and I used to be one of them! But working a few hours on Sunday often creates more anxiety than it alleviates. I've learned that consecutive downtime is so powerful. Whether you take a traditional weekend or instead prefer two weekdays off, make sure they are consecutive so you truly refresh yourself."
Thinking You're Not Enough
"Many people adopt a productivity trend out of thinking they need help to get enough done or "be" enough. As a previous possessor of this mindset, this is what I've learned: Set clear boundaries around your time and what you allow to distract you, work hard when you're at work, be accepting and proud of the work you've accomplished, and never stop learning."
Working More Than 12 Hours a Day
"Some entrepreneurs work more than 12 hours a day in order to finish their tasks. What they don't recognize is that the majority of the time spent after the eight-hour mark is usually wasted fighting off sleep or repetition. Instead, take a break after working a certain amount."
Working All Day, Every Day
"As entrepreneurs, we know that our team works more than they would in the 9-to-5 type of job. It often involves early mornings, late nights, and weekends. To accommodate this, we let all of our teammates take breaks as they need to go exercise, get some air or relax. When your productivity is declining, take the time that you need to boost your energy and come back to work ready to go."