For a leader, staying fully engaged can be a challenge. Especially if he or she violates the principle of rest. While rest seems counterintuitive for those who have a bias for action, it might be your greatest ally if you want to increase productivity.

Studies show that those who take a day off each week accomplish more than those who don’t. In a NY Times article, Tony Scwartz, CEO of the Energy Project, wrote, “A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”

A Stanford study conducted with male basketball players found that those who slept 10 hours a night increased their free throw and three point shooting percentage by 9% over those who slept less. Similar research exists for air traffic controllers, accountants, and teachers.

All of this rest research shouldn’t surprise us. From the beginning of time the principle of a Sabbath has been in place. Even God took a day off after He created the world in six days.

If today finds you tired, bored, stressed, and without energy, I suggest you take a day off. Not a day out of the office still connected to your work. A day off. Computer off. Phone off. TV off. Everything … OFF!

Try it and watch what happens. I’m guessing by doing less, you will accomplish more.


When is the last time you took a day off?

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Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.