As busy entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders we are always trying to squeeze out more time in the day to complete important tasks. So we put in more hours in the day, skip lunches and breaks.
Unfortunately, there are only a finite number of hours in the day. So no matter how many hours we work or how little breaks we take, we will never be able to find more than 24 hours in any day.
Find more energy, gain more time
So instead of trying to find more time in the day to do more work, you need to think about “finding” more energy in the day to accomplish more work in the same number of hours…or less.
This topic came up during our last Purpose Led Accelerator session. So I referred everyone to The Energy Project. I was privileged to participate in one of their workshops a while back and one of the main themes was to take frequent, short breaks to renew your energy so that you will maintain peak performance.
Physiologically speaking, our bodies move through 90 minute cycles. Toward the end of this cycle, our bodies naturally tires and declines in energy. So you’ll yawn, get antsy, reduce focus, get hungry, etc. but the ‘A’ type personality in us will keep going.
Take more short breaks
It’s proven that taking as little as a 5 minute break to totally disengage from your task (i.e. listen to music, quick walk around the office, go to the refrigerator, etc.) will renew your energy enough that will improve your performance during the next 90 minute cycle.
By maintaining your energy level, you will accomplish more and in less time.
God commands you to rest
It’s also biblical. Psalm 127:2 – In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. God speaks a lot about rest in the bible. It’s not just a cute scriptural reference but a very practical word of encouragement.
There are also other benefit from more breaks. We are most creative during periods of rest. So you will be able to find more solutions as well.
Great leaders rest
Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Thomas Edison were some of the famous leaders and inventors for napping during the day.
You may not need to take naps during the day but frequent breaks will be good for the soul and will help you accomplish more tasks in a shorter period of time. But then again, who wouldn’t mind a nap or two during the week??
Here is a great article on the many benefits of taking a nap. Click here.
For more information on gaining more energy, read this article from Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project. Click here.