Importance of Not Staying Busy
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Who isn’t busy these days?
Everyone always seems in a constant rush to their next appointment, even toddlers.
And of course, on our way to those meetings we need to stay up-to-date on our email, share with the rest of the world through Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, while we also try to catch up on… oh, a new email just came in.
So much to do, so little time.
The 40-hour workweek is expanding, but our energy isn’t
In the USA, working harder is the assumed solution for most professional problems. According to Gallup research, the 40-hour workweek is actually quite a bit longer for many of us: 47 hours, to be exact.
Having built Ford Motor Company from scratch, you’d expect Henry Ford to know a thing or two about business optimization.
It was none other than this great industrialist himself who figured out — in 1926 — that a five day, 40-hour workweek was better for long-term productivity than non-stop work.
This visual from Daniel Cook‘s Rules of Productivity e-book explains it well:
Star violinists and the power of managing your energy
If 40 hours per week is the sweet spot for people doing physical work in a factory, could it really be that constant work is the way to go for those of us with creative, white collar and “office” jobs?
According to a study of elite violinists in Germany, the answer is no. The study found two key differences between a regular week of an elite achiever and one of an average performer:
Working smart. While the violinists spent the same amount of time practicing each week, the elite performers used that time strategically, to specifically work on their weak spots (something called deliberate practice). In other words: they worked smart.
Leisure time and sleep. The best worked in two clear “sprints;” one in the morning and one in the afternoon, while the average players spread out their practice across their day in little chunks.
There is more to these results than meets the eye. While our stereotype image of elite achievers is probably one of chronic busyness, the opposite is often true.
The handful of truly successful people I happen to know personally — individuals who are not only at the top of their game but also seem to be happy and satisfied — do not live in a constant race of overpacked schedules and endless meetings.
Instead they are calm, take time to think and don’t stretch themselves thin. The same was true for the violinists: the elite players enjoyed their leisure time and slept an hour more each night than the average musicians.
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