I am reminded again and again the importance of rest and recovery for work performance in my day to day.
It’s easy to get caught up in the frantic pace of work and forget to take multiple breaks throughout the day or making sure I have a restful night of sleep. But if I don’t, my results can easily become unsustainable.
The belief that work is all about GO GO GO and rest is not seen as a priority is what creates tired, busy-minded and overwhelmed workers.
It may seem like going faster, harder and for longer hours are good drivers for performance, but what if the opposite is true?
What if the quality of what I do, not the intensity or the quantity, is what matters most?
Doing 5 things badly and in an intense frantic state doesn’t compensate for taking the time to do 1 thing really well.
It’s only when I wake up to the effectiveness of having a slower mental pace that I see the value in taking more breaks and rest as well.
Our best ideas need mental space to grow, with a busy mind and tired body that space is almost non existent.