Relax! and You’ll Be More Productive

“More, bigger, and faster,” has been the relentless ethos of the market economies since the Industrial Revolution, but it’s grounded in a mythical, misguided assumption — that our available resources are infinite. Time, of course, is the resource we rely on to get more accomplished. When there’s more to do, we invest more hours. But time is finite, and many of us feel we’re running out, that we’re investing as many hours as we can while trying to retain some kind of a life outside work.

More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle today’s overwhelming demands. But paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A growing body of research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health. See how this can work, in this fascinating, extremely popular piece recently published in The New York Times.

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