by Tony Schwartz / New York Times
When I read this article the other day I knew I had to share some of the main points with you .
Think for a moment about your typical workday.
Do you wake up tired ?
Check your e-mail before you get out of bed ? Skip breakfast or grab something on the run that`s not particular nutritious ?
Rarely get away from your desk at lunch ?
Run from meeting to meeting with no time in between ?
Find it nearly impossible to keep up with the volume of e-mail you receive ?
Leave work later than you`d like and still feel compelled to check e-mail in the evenings?
More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace.
Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less.
A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal – including daytime workouts , short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours , more frequent vacations – boosts productivity, job performance and , of course, health.
” More , bigger , faster “. This , the ethos of the market economies since the Industrial Revolution, is grounded in a mythical and misguided assumption – that our resources are infinite.
In most workplaces , rewards still accrue to those who push the hardest and most continuously. But that doesn`t mean they`re the most productive.
Spending more hours at work often leads to less time for sleep and insufficient sleep takes a substantial toll on performance.
As athletes understand especially well, the greater the performance demand, the greater the need for renewal.
When we`re under pressure, however, most of us experience the opposite impulse : to push harder rather than rest.
The importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology. Human beings aren`t designed to expend energy continuously.
Rather , we`re meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy.
Our bodies regularly tell us to take a break , but we often override these signals and instead stoke ourselves up with caffeine, sugar and our own emergency reserves _ the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol.
I suggest : Listen to your body and honour your body.
Treat yourself kindly and with respect – that`s how to stay on top of any situation 🙂 🙂 🙂
Love & Peace