Rest is Best for Productivity

Golden Cosmos

I enjoyed reading this article from the New York Times on how relaxation can positively influence your productivity.

We can see how important bedtime rest is from the Harvard study which estimates sleep deprivation costs to American companies at $63.2 billion a year (lost productivity), but the full article isn’t just your basic “8-10 hours of sleep” lecture.

Aside from catching some Zzz’s each evening, it points out the importance of vacations, daytime breaks, and daytime naps to the productivity and value of your work.

“In 2006, the accounting firm Ernst & Young did an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings from supervisors (on a scale of one to five) improved by 8 percent.”

Make sure you’re taking time out to for some healthy R&R – you may think it’s costing you in the moment, but you can rest easy because you’re actually making an investment into the productivity of the remainder of your work day.

Dave Oshlag has been helping companies large and small stay organized and focus on the right projects for more than 25 years.  His specialty is saving hours of time wasted on disorganized systems without spending thousands of dollars. He’s best known for enabling massive changes in productivity with tools like W5 Templates that are simple, streamlined and get people organized quickly.

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