Want to do more. Then do more switching off. Take your mind elsewhere. Let it wander. Take breaks. Have naps. Just don’t sit there waiting for inspiration. Sometimes the further you get from a problem, the clearer it becomes.
And by all means work hard. But don’t work dumb. An experiment in the 1940s measured men loading pig iron onto train freight cars at The Bethlehem Steel Company. Each man didn’t stop until they managed 121⁄2 tonnes. By noon, they were exhausted and could do no more.
The next day, they were told to load the pig iron for 26 minutes. Then rest for 34 minutes. They rested more than they worked. At the end of the day, they had loaded 47 tonnes. That’s almost four times as much as working flat out.
It feels counter intuitive, but if you want to do more, head for the hills as often as you can.