Another topic drilled into me this month is the 90-20-8 (URI) rule.
This states that Adults can:
- Listen with Understanding for 90 minutes
- Listen with Retention for 20 minutes
- Desire Involvement every 8 minutes
That last bullet, I have a hard time remembering how it is stated. But the rules are common in lots of different places, the timing of recess at school, movies are generally ~90 minutes, if longer the audience grows restless (kids movies are always around 90 minutes). Television shows rarely go more than 20 minutes without a commercial, probably if we put a timer on it, a scene in television will rarely go past 8 minutes.
So this is becoming a mantra, especially when planning for a class, or a training ‘event’ (eLearning, Webinar, etc). Then I’m reading around today, and find this article at 43Folders.
Which talks about the need for a 20 minute break around every 90 minutes to help ‘balance the ultradians’ or some such.Â It quote this guy as saying basically, ‘Heed the 90 minute rule or risk getting sick.’Â Â I’m not going all crystal-newagey on y’all, but there might be some substance to that.Â I know that the 90-20-8 rule works in the classroom.Â May as well try to link it to my work habits.Â Who knows I may become productive.