I always used to assume that if I didn’t get something done today, I would have time tomorrow. I learned two things from this misconception.
1. A big time slot or one free day does not equal the same amount of time spread out over a span of a few days. Why? Because:
2. The first hour of study/work time is not the same as the last hour.
I’ve found through trial and error (more error than anything else ahha) that I max out at three hours. My eyes gloss over, my head empties and I lose my ability to function as a normal contributing human in society. It’s worse than being tired; at least if I’m tired, I know I want to take a nap or rest. When I’m in the non-functioning state after cramming work and studying for hours and hours, I don’t even know what I want to do. Maybe I’m exaggerating haha but to me, it’s bad enough that I realized I can’t continue studying in this way.
I found out the hard way why #1 is true. I’m not a machine. I can’t sit for 8 hours and do the same quality work as if I did it spread out over 3 days, 2 or 3 hours at a time.
And this is why #2 is true: even when I do spend 2 or 3 hours at a time, my first hour is key. My burst of productivity, efficiency and effectiveness lies within that first hour. This is the beginning of my gears grinding, when my mind is most lucid and creative. I don’t know, it just works for me. And I focus better knowing that if I can devote this first hour to straight work without distractions, it would exponentially mean more for the rest of my time (is this making sense to anyone else? Haha).
All in all, time is unequal so figure out which part is worth more and work it.
I just thought I’d share what I’ve learned about myself haha. Exciting.