Do you feel like you’re always on the go and always have too much on your ‘to-do’ list? Many of us are overwhelmed with the amount of demands our lives place on us, and we often don’t have time to just sit…and relax.
Do Less, Get More Done
“The Best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less.”
This is a bit of a paradox, but it may be true. Recent research shows that ‘renewal’ strategies can help your overall productivity, job performance and health. This includes daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office, and more frequent vacations.
Time and Energy
Time. TIme is such a vital part of our every day lives, and we may feel as though we’re running out faster than we’d like. Although we can’t increase the amount of time in a day, we can increase our energy (which is renewable…unlike time).
In the workplace, wasting time is frowned upon. Are you one of those people who eat lunch at their desk to make sure they get more work done? Although you may be working more than your colleagues, that doesn’t mean you’re being the most productive. “Spending more hours at work often leads to less time for sleep and insufficient sleep takes a substantial toll on performance.” Sleep more, work less, and be more productive with more energy!
There have been many studies done that have supported the idea of giving yourself time to relax everyday. Daytime naps have a positive effect on performance. Studies have shown that 20 minute naps will increase your performance and memory.
Studies have also shown that vacations are similarly beneficial. “For each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings from supervisors improved.
From an athlete’s perspective, it is vital to rest and recover. Have you ever felt that you needed to push more rather than rest? This could actually be hindering your performance.
Restoration is imperative for peak performance! When we sleep our bodies go through cycles of light to deep sleep. Just like when we’re sleeping, during the day we go through similar cycles. “We move from a state of alertness progressively into physiological fatigue approximately every 90 minutes.” Our bodies are basically telling us to take a break, but more often than not we ignore these messages and use caffeine or sugar to push through.
Work in 90-minute intervals. A study showed that elite performers, such as athletes, had their best performances when they practiced for 90-minute sessions. In order to improve and see positive results as an athlete, it’s very important that you avoid exhaustion and limit your practice to an amount in which you can completely recover.
Renewal, restoration, relaxation, energy, productivity. Remember these key words because they will be beneficial to your life and overall well-being. Your time and your life are precious. Take care of yourself and you will see amazing results!