The 7 secrets to getting more leisure time, according to science - The Week
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
3) Make things automatic
Build routines and habits so that you're not deciding, you're just doing.
The secret to getting more done is to make things automatic. Decisions exhaust you. As Harvard Business Review put it, "The counterintuitive secret to getting things done is to make them more automatic, so they require less energy."
More on how to build great habits here.
4) Work like an athlete
We were not designed to go 24/7. We were designed to sprint, rest, sprint — just like an athlete.
You sleep in cycles and your mind naturally works in cycles. Alternate hard work with breaks to be at your best.
We ignore the signs of fatigue, boredom, and distraction and just power through. But we're hardly doing our best work. "We've lost touch with the value of rest, renewal, recovery, quiet time, and downtime," Schwartztold me. It's hardly a wonder, then, with the pressure of long hours, putting in face time, and the constant interruptions of the modern workplace, less than 10 percent of workers say they do their best thinking at work. [Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time]
More on working like an athlete here.