Get more Accomplishments with less work
Silicon Valley consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang researched and wrote a book about the importance of balancing work with the rest. He explained that to work, also have to rest:
“Rest is not this optional leftover activity. Work and rest are indeed partners. They are like different parts of the wave. You can not have highs without lows. The better you rest, the better you will be at work. ”
Sure, if you work for more extended periods of time, you’re forced to produce more results. However, “production” is not always equivalent to “productivity.” Especially not the sustainable and repeatable you want at your company.
Think about it this, and If you are on the road for hours without rest, you will end up feeling tired. Your eyelids will sag. You will start to flush.
You will be a threat to society.
While less life-threatening in most cases, working without a break will cause you to make more unnecessary errors.
You will be a threat to productivity.
Even the most effective mind also needs time to recharge.
In daily rituals: How artists work, thinker and writer Maya Angelou describes a specific time to write each day. Later, she quit work to enjoy “a normal life” with her family until the next day.
“I tried to get there about 7 hours, and I worked until 2 pm.
If the job is terrible, I stay until 12:30.
If it’s okay, I’ll stay as long as it works well. Loneliness, and wonderful. ”
However, the rest is not just for writers or “other types of ads.”
Founder billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group rose early to exercise and enjoy time with the family.
Also, Bill Gates, who is considered one of the richest survivors, spends some time reading the average book a week.
“However, reading is my favorite way to learn about a new subject. I have read an average of a book a week since I was a kid. Even when my schedule was out of control, I spent much time reading. ”
After a full month, weeks, or even days of work focus without any rest restoration; It’s difficult to come up with any new ideas.
If you can force an idea, mistakes may fill. Errors you are less equipped to detect or correct with your tired and overworked brain.
I have seen a lot of great minds in stressful situations. Time stress comes with too complicated results disguised as solutions. That’s because, as Steve Jobs brings the public consciousness, simplicity is often more difficult to achieve than complexity.
“straightforward can be harder than complicated: You have to work hard to get your mind clean to make it simple.”
Simplicity has a lot of smart and challenging thinking.
Intelligent thinking and difficulty are something the mind can not rest.
Resting the rest is not easy.
To my mind and body turn to ridicule while watching TV every night after work will be easy.
It has the discipline to resist mindless email checks and slack messages that unconsciously can eat up hours of your downtime and keep your mind wounds up.
That is why I have cultivated simple habits that allow the “work” part of my mind to rest while the “play” part appears, playing well.
I practice at the gym, and I read books to get a new perspective, I go out with my wife and baby.
After all, I quit my job.
However, when it comes time to work again, I always find that a weekend, a vacation, or even just a relaxing night has made me look forward to the next day.
Time away from work clarifies the mind. It allows you to spend more time eating other things that make you a complete individual.
Rather than think of the rest as a luxury, I think it is as essential to sustaining innovation in a highly competitive software market.
Work to live, not live to work.
It can be shocking to read a startup founder say this, but work is not all.
If you intend to go to a place close to a happy, satisfying and balanced life – you must understand that the work should only take up a small part of your attention.
I love my family. I love my friends. I like to be outside. I want to read about self-improvement systems.
Spend time with these people and everything restores me. Interacting with them gives me energy and inspires creativity – even when stressful work. Especially when the job stress.
I do not have the time to waste my unconscious work exhausting my productivity.
I do not want to look back and regret about the broken relationship while I spent 12 hours in the office staring at the pixel.
Since these three systems I have created to maximize productivity through rest restoration, I do not have to worry about that:
1. Implement a circular approach to take advantage of natural flows
In fitness circles, it is called “cyclic thinking.”
Farmers know that it is crop rotation.
At the legendary Bootstrapped Basecamp, they completed the “lot” of work in a 6-week cycle.
Leaders in all industries from agriculture to technology understand that resources are exhausted. They must take specific actions to extend these resources if they want to continue to work effectively.
Here at JotForm, that’s what I want to call a “crisis time” or not.
No matter what you work for a living, you know what time the crisis is.
It’s the last week before your customers see their new home and you have what feels like a thousand more cabinets to paint.
Those are the last days when you bend over to make a big sale.
For us, it is several weeks leading to the launch of a great new product or feature on our site.
When our crisis period was paying off, and our hard work was for the world to enjoy, we rested.
Not a real trip across Europe (it’s a story for another time), but a spiritual story.
We jump into short, comfortable projects where we can explore new feature ideas or develop new skills that are waiting for our main project done.
We also use a little time to do cleaning like cracking and make sure all our systems are running smoothly.
Like peasants, we planted small thoughts in our brains before we asked them to handle another heavy workload.
There are some reasons we have observed increasing productivity when alternating between full and focused jobs and rehabilitation projects:
a. We can still focus the laser on the task at hand because our subconscious mind knows a mental break is coming.
b. On the other hand, we do not let ourselves be hung up because of the problematic issues because we know a fantastic solution is likely to come to us when we do not focus on the subject.
In three-week segments.
c. Our annual featherweight goal seems to be far superior.
d. Time is limited, and the pressure of this gives us a little effort to complete as much quality work as we can until we take the time to rest our spirits.
After too many hours being caught up in the same painful problem, the programmers began to notice many bugs appearing in their code. For hours staring at the screen, designers come to work less and less friendly.
Our courageous effort to muscle through a problem, no matter how long it took, was counterproductive.
We spent twice as much time completing the same amount of work as our thinking process has slowed and we continue to come back and do things again.
The way your brain, and our organization, functions is not like a muscle.
Working the same muscle every day without rest can lead to injury. Not only can stop your progressive gymnastics from dying in its tracks, but it can also even send you backward spiral as you take time off from training to recover.
That routine at your gym, those who can squat above 200 pounds do not do that every day. It takes months, or a year, to train interspersed with the rest to grow their muscles to where they are today.
Rest is not lazy. It is not the result of lack of persistence. Quite the opposite.
When you focus on achieving goals, it’s easy to sacrifice your sanity for all the spring towards it. That’s how exhaustion occurs.
The tricky thing is taking the time to listen and respond to your brain and body as they are begging for some rest to recover.
Pause with the intention of being a strength, not a weakness.
2. Rest or you will break.
Email receive at 3 am
Refer frequently to take care of a weekend job.
You may think this is the thing I like to hear my group say. It must mean that they are committed to their work. It must show that they love what they do.
While that may be right, it also means that they are on a short path to burn.
It is not only sorry for them personally; It is costly for us as a company to start from scratch with the search, interview, referral, and training of a new employee to fill their shoes.
When your employees get in a flow, sometimes it can be difficult for them to turn off. Moreover, since our team goes globally, it can be especially tricky when they know someone is just an instant messenger regardless of when.
The problem will still be here tomorrow, and the solution will be better with a new mind.
Like sustainable growth, healthy and rational working hours have become part of the core culture of JotForm right from the start.
This system ensures that we are as focused and productive as possible during working hours.
As we work more efficiently at work, we do not feel guilty about leaving our office work when it comes to rest at night or on weekends.
That leads to lots of recovery time and new minds, excited on Monday morning.
3. Make sure the rest is well defined.
That is because I have learned that, like creativity, relaxation is most potent when it is clearly defined.
For some people, the policy of reducing the payout time is not limitless as they try to navigate their politics a lot longer than their peers.
This is especially noticeable in faster-paced environments; Include all startup companies and most technology companies.
“What we found is that by setting specific parameters around the number of days, there is no question of the right time to do the work to engage in personal, creative and family activities.”.
In 2014, a Glassdoor survey found that US employees only took half their days off. The worse is that more than half of them are still working on those “off” days.
I do not know about you, but I’m willing to bet the numbers increase.
Also, because they are clearly defined, we believe that it encourages them to really use the holidays, recharge and return more efficiently than ever before.
Remember that all-nighter exhaustion you pull in college; knock on your keyboard until your barely-studied paper reaches the minimum length? That is not your best job, but it has passed.
How about the time that you spent an 80-hour week in the office wrapping up a design project? It’s not your most creative design, but it’s ready before the deadline.
You worked hard. You have worked long. However, how many calls will you make?
I want to bet a small part of that.
I am willing to bet you could have done better.
Not by developing new skills. Not by doing more work. However, by doing less job.
Resting recovery is not an option, and it is a requirement for any person who wants to work more effectively in their life and their business.