Are you finding yourself dragging into work, unable to conjure up inspiration and creativity in your decision making? Maybe you just need to plan for more rest.
Through an excellent blog post, Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project gives a simple example of how one can refresh themselves and increase their quality of life – By cutting down on the quantity of life.
Schwartz notes “…the average American, gets between six and six and a half hours of sleep a night, or the thirty percent of working Americans who get less than 6 hours. And yet the research suggests that nearly all of us require between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested, and only a tiny percentage of us feel rested with less than 7 hours.
The costs show up physically, emotionally, and cognitively.”
Schwartz’s client saw the results of more rest quickly.
“In Kevin’s case, the impact was also rapid and dramatic. In the mornings, he stopped rushing out the door and instead sat down for breakfast, spending a half hour chatting with his wife and two teenager daughters and flipping through the newspaper.
In the past, he’d find himself exhausted by mid-morning. Now, when he got to work around 8:30 or 8:45 am, he felt a higher and more consistent level of energy. In turn, he had more focus and more clarity all the way through to lunch, even if his meetings ran back to back. In the evenings, when he got home, Kevin felt less drained and more present with his family. The effects of sleeping more cascaded through his life.”
Ready for rest and increased success? Read Schwartz’s full post here