“…rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.” ― Peter Heller
Jeff is really good about prioritizing sleep, but he doesn’t seem to enjoy resting. I sometimes joke that if there is no work to do, he will make some. One of the things I miss most about being able to go on vacations is that it usually forces him to rest a little more than usual. Just a little, though. I’ll happily spend an entire day lounging on the beach, but his limit is about an hour.
I think most of us feel a bit guilty about resting, as if it is unproductive time. But I agree with Heller. Rest recharges our batteries, helping us work better and smarter, with more energy.
If you have a lot to do, it may seem counter-intuitive, but perhaps you need to schedule some rest breaks into your day. Take a power nap or just close your eyes and zone out for a few minutes. And work on carving out an entire afternoon or even a whole day to give yourself time to do nothing at all. Chances are, you will accomplish just as much — and maybe more — than if you stayed on high alert for hours on end.
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