This week I am talking to you about the value of rest
Hello and welcome to episode 43 Of the Kaz Johnson show, my name is Kaz Johnson and I am the blogger behind Kazjohnson.com and the Kaz Academy. The Kaz Academy is the place to be if you are planning, building or growing your online business with online courses and a membership programme. You can learn more about what I do at Kazjohnson.com
Today I am talking about the value of rest.
As a diabetic, type 2, I did not want to go onto medication, instead, I decided to study what made my blood sugars so unstable. Amongst my findings, I found out that the lack of sleep raises the cortisol levels, and with that my blood sugars soared. Not good at all.
I use a Fitbit to record my sleep, my daughter calls it my FitSleep…, but it tracks how much sleep I have had, when I am restless and how many times I have been awake. Now then, I add this to my journal each morning, I was trying to find out how to maintain good blood sugars as well as diet and exercise. I also use an App on my iPhone called Calm, which I thoroughly recommend by the way, and on it has some Masterclasses included on it. One of these classes is called ‘The Power Of Rest’ by Dr Alex Pang, who has also written a book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, it’s available as an audiobook, but I went on and purchased the Kindle book as well, anyway I listened in with amazement! He states that society is under the impression that the more you work, the more productive you will be. Studies have shown that you actually get more done by resting deliberately and that by separating rest and work you are able to produce more and interesting work and live longer lives.
He also stated, which I find very interesting, is that ‘not all rest is equal’. As someone who is… sorry was, addicted to social media, the next new bright shiny object and could not sleep properly, this was a game changer for me.
In his book, he says that you should take rest seriously, to focus on unbroken periods of highly intensive blocks of work, I now do this with time blocking, I have something that looks like a school timetable, and I have made darn sure now that I allocate time for rest and play. I also make sure that I have planned a break every 12 weeks for a break, where I head out into the countryside and get into nature, no devices to distract me, so I can hike in the woods, by lakes and mountains and enjoy what Mother Nature gave us for free. I also now stay in my own country, I like in the UK, and am I finding how lucky we are to have so many areas of outstanding natural beauty we have.
One of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, honestly!!! Was to detach myself from devices. I now lock my phone and laptop in my office when I leave at the end of the day. I had terrible separations anxiety to begin with, but then I settled into reading a real book! You know the ones? With pages and a paper bookmark! This was hard, but as I found the benefits, I started sleeping better, my blood sugars came down, my energy went up, I became more productive and could work less as I was becoming so productive and clear thinking that my devices and I managed to be apart for hours on end, I didn’t die, no one has missed me, and I feel whole again, I really do.
When I am working I work, when I am eating, I eat… I also have now snuck a little nap into the middle of the day… and can now whizz through the afternoon, whereas before, I started getting a middle of the afternoon dip, now it’s like having two days each day. I was always a very productive first thing in the morning when I woke, but now I have another productive block in the afternoon after my nap.
The other important thing is that he states ‘Practice deep play’ and that people who have long, productive lives practice ‘deep play’ and I must admit, now that I practice the art of layering work and rest, I have a new found interest in my garden and sewing again, these were hobbies I had years ago when I went out to work then came home again. I feel so much joy when I look at my lovely garden, again, I love being outside barefoot and just being in nature, she soothes my soul, and I get energised.
So please do not underestimate the value of rest if you want to be productive and get things done in your business. Try it! Get the book, allow yourself time to create a work/rest timetable and see how you can also get more productive by resting more.
That’s all this week, and I will speak with you next week.
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Kaz started out teaching over 30 years ago teaching IT in a local college, she then set up her own training business before teaching teachers and assessors online 10 years ago.
Today she helps people to plan, build and sell their online courses and when she is not working, you will find her in the great outdoors.