Productivity Style: The Type A
Reese Witherspoon in Election, Legally Blonde, Big Little Lies.... You get the idea. Your life is one blissful to-do list. Whether it’s getting into Harvard Law School (Elle) or taking on the Monterey moms (Madeline), you thrive on crossing things off.
SUCCESS STRATEGY: Keeping up a relentlessly focused pace may be your comfort zone, but give yourself permission to watch a “Carpool Karaoke” video or two. Why? Your brain starts to zone out after about 45 minutes of intense focus. In fact, a study by start-up hub Draugiem Group found that the most productive employees take 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of intense work.
HOW TO FOCUS IN: If you want to keep your ideas flowing, boredom also helps. There’s a reason why so many successful people have an “Aha” moment while in the shower or daydreaming. (J.K. Rowling came up with Harry Potter while on a delayed train.) Spacing out also activates the brain’s default mode (DM), which has been linked to better problem solving and improved memory.
PROCRASTINATION PREVENTION: Use your beloved lists to your advantage. (Yes, planner types can be procrastinators too.) Create a “15-minute” list with tasks that you can complete within a quarter of an hour. According to productivity expert Carson Tate, crossing these off— even something as simple as “Book manicure” or “Email Mom” — will give you the sense of accomplishment you crave and motivate you to tackle larger tasks.
HELPING HAND: Read Bored and Brilliant (based on the tech-free challenges from WNYC podcast Note to Self), which reveals how mind wandering can kick-start your creativity.