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.
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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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