In “Streamlining”, we talked about finding time where you could reduce distraction on essentialtasks, reuse time for multi-tasking, and most importantly, find time to rest.
I’m my calendar is full each week, and my planner is full each day. But until I scheduled this one crucial event, I didn’t become as productive as I needed. That one crucial event was rest.
While business professionals typically plan those big vacations with the family, and while many folks take Sunday to watch football (maybe not anymore), few professionals schedule rest during the week. However, doing so might be the game-changer that you are looking for.
In a study of nearly 400 employees, researchers found that sleeping too little — defined as less than six hours each night — was one of the best predictors of on-the-job burn-out. A recent Harvard study estimated that sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity.
So, scheduling even 15 uninterrupted minutes (no phone, no nothing), can refresh you and help you get more done. How ironic would it be if you worked hard for 10 hours during the day, but you got less done because you didn’t take 15 to separate from all of your distractions?
Find that 15 or so minutes each day (longer if you can), and watch your mental and physical productivity multiply.
Gordon Duncan is the CEO/Consultant of ProSight Success. His book “Streamlining” is an essential element of that system, and the Streamlining Planner will be available in October. Additional resources can be found below:
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Gordon Duncan is an award-winning educator, salesman, teacher, manager, and writer. He has taught in the public school system, lobbied for school's accreditation, managed eye clinics, led sales' teams, and also publishes books on theology, church, and culture.