1 – MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY
It’s less about managing time and more about managing energy.
time is fixed, but our energy can flex. Most people get this exactly backward. They cram their day with tasks, thinking they can get it all done. Instead, they end up working more and more hours, less and less efficiently, because they wear themselves out.
The Danger of Working Too Many Hours
” Michel writes. Their long list of problems included “chronic exhaustion, insomnia, back and body pain, autoimmune diseases, heart arrhythmias, addictions, and compulsions, such as eating disorders.”
Rejuvenate to Great
We are not machines. We can’t just keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny. When we work too long, we badly need to recharge or we lose energy and focus.
The good news is that energy is a renewable resource, but only if it’s managed correctly.
2 – GET A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
Turn devices off and put them away from your body
Establish a nighttime ritual and put your mind in the right place to fall asleep quicker.
Limit late-night eating to cut down on internal disturbances.
Drink more water throughout the day so that you don’t have to make up the deficit before bed, and make several trips to the bathroom.
3 – DON’T BE AFRAID OF NAPS
I had a boss who figured out a way to take short naps in his chair every afternoon. He would fall asleep clutching his keys in his hands. When the keys fell, that would wake him up and signal it was time to start working again.
Talk About It
I was going to issue a warning about naps, saying that you may need to give your boss a heads up. It could be helpful to let her know that you're not slacking, but rather recharging so that you can finish the day strong.
But it might need to be part of a larger conversation you should have about your workload.
If you keep piling tasks on top of tasks and flexing to get it all in, your productivity will suffer in the long term. And your slump will help drag your organization down.
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