You may not be a Fortune 500 company but that doesn't mean you can't learn from the projects they spend millions of pounds and years investing in, Tony Schwartz, a journalist and CEO of The Energy Project has worked with companies like Google, Apple, Ford and many others helping them revolutionise their understanding of downtime and energy.
The Energy Project's strategy relies in part on the idea I fully support of regularly topping up physical and mental energy. Schwartz says, 'People are working so many hours that not only in most cases do they not have more hours they could work, but there's also strong evidence that when they work for too long they get diminishing returns in terms of health costs and emotional costs."
You may believe that busier is better, and watched endless You Tube videos telling you that in order to be successful you have work harder/more hours but this goes against the findings of so many research studies. It's great to hear that large companies are starting to understand the reality of human functioning and the benefits of downtime on productivity.
Schwartz says that time and time again his strategies of sleep, power naps, meditation and doing the most challenging tasks first thing in the morning have pushed workers' overall engagement well above the average level and that Google has been satisfied enough to keep up the partnership for more than five years.
If it's good enough for Google, it's good enough for us.
Are you being productive or just a busy fool?
If you are working a ridiculously long hour week and aren't getting your downtime you aren't being productive....FACT!!!
Research has shown that regularly working long hours is actually detrimental to your productivity. It is not sustainable nor conducive to the function of learning or mental processing. It can actually leads to negative symptoms like imposter syndrome and feeling overwhelmed. I talked about this connection in this blog.
So what are you going to start doing today to readdress the balance?
In my experience revolutionising your life is unlikely to stick. I recommend picking 2 or 3 small things which you can do differently and focus on doing those consistently. Suggestions may be:
Remember if it's good enough for Google, it's good enough for you. Update your belief about how to be the most productive, decide on one or two things which are really going to work for you and commit to doing them consistently and take some steps to readdress your balance.
I hope that's helped
Until next time
PS. If you're struggling to rest, would like support in improving your mindset or help to let go of limiting beliefs book a complimentary 30 minute Mindset Review and I'll happily give you some help.