Session 94 – Why resting more results in more productivity
This week I am talking about Why resting more results in more productivity
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Hello and welcome to session 94. This week I am talking to you about Why resting more results in more productivity.
I was recently scrolling Facebook, as you do, and saw someone had posted the question ‘so what are you doing this weekend to help your business’. Most people had put on a huge list of all the things they were going to do. I posted with the comment ‘rest’. Then someone replied to my comment ‘someone gets it’. But I did not always get it.
I used to work 7 days a week, I love what I do and never saw that working at all times, night, day, weekends would actually detract from my business and I would be doing a disservice to my customers. Then I kept getting sick, this became a recurring theme for a couple of years, till finally, I suffered a very bad case of pneumonia. I now believe getting sick is telling you to have to rest.
Many people tell you to work your side hustle all the hours you can, but I now believe that resting results in being more productive. So it’s a case of working smarter and not harder. I make sure that I have systems in place for work efficiency and batch my work where I can, and I tend to follow this mantra, automate, delegate or delete it. I only do the things I love or can only be done by myself. As a former IT Trainer, I love setting up systems that run themselves, the more I take me out of the equation the better.
I now work fewer hours, I tend to work about 30 hours a week on my business. This is just 6 hours a day for 5 days a week. I block this time into my calendar so when I am working, I am working and when I am resting I am resting. I can guarantee that you will be more productive if you rest more.
As a teacher, I am a huge reader of books, especially of self-development books and when I discover a book called Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. This book really resonated with me and affirmed what I was finding out. Since doing less, I have so far, touch wood, not kept on getting sick. I take time out in nature, which I adore and always come back feeling so full of vitality, and I am raring to go, this was not the case a few years ago, I felt like I was going around with a ball and chain on my leg. Not good for me, my family nor my customers.
The book Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, which I have now read several times, funny how sometimes you miss something the first time around, is great for people like me, who are creatives and can only do their best work when they are not tired.
I find by resting more, spending more time in nature, that I also sleep better too. For years I suffered from insomnia, and for those who suffer with, I feel your pain. Insomnia had me working in the middle of the night as I thought I might as well work if I am awake as I was going to be tired the next day anyway… How wrong was I! I was not doing my best work at all! I get you when you can’t seem to switch off and end up scrolling through social media as your poor head won’t let you rest.
I also found by simplifying my life and doing some deep work, as suggested by the book of the same name, Deep Work, by Cal Newport, I am able to focus single-handedly on task without distraction. I turn off all notifications on my laptop, on my phone I have taken off all social media except Instagram as I like to be in the moment and capture moments and share them with people.
And finally I put my Pomodoro timer on, a Pomodoro timer is a productivity tool designed for your work and study, it enables you to stay focused and finish tasks effectively and you can set it for 5, 15, 30 and 60 Minutes, I got mine on Amazon, I will put the links for you in the show notes. I put my timer on for blocks of 40 minutes and then get up, go into my house and take a break for 20 minutes. The reason I don’t put my timer on my phone is that I keep it in the house when I am working for that I am not distracted.
By resting on a regular basis, I come back to my task in hand refreshed and vitalised then I can focus again for another 40 minutes working deep on my task in hand. When I first started doing this, I could only work for say 20 minutes, then have worked up to my now 40 minutes.
I now make sure that I have a balanced routine going on, and that I take all my devices out of my bedroom and lock them away when I finish work! As I need to go out of my house and walk to my office, this cured me of ‘I am just going to…’. I can’t say it was easy weaning myself of my digital devices. I now read paperback books when I am not working, although I do like to listen to audible books when I am driving instead of the car radio.
Anyway, I thoroughly recommend you getting this book, Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Paperback by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang to help you rest more and get more results in your productivity Soojung-Kim also explains the silence behind it so you don’t just have to take my word for it. Please get this book if you are wanting to be more productive and work less so that you don’t go down the route that I did and start suffering from burnout. It’s a long road to recovery and one I do not want to go down again.
Thank you for joining me this week.
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