by Kathie England

The Power of Renewal

Did you realize that if you relax, you’ll be more productive. Tony Schwartz shares this perspective in The New York Times on Sunday, February 9, 2013.

Schwartz, the CEO of The Energy Project, explains that research shows the more time off we take, the more effective we are – even though this perspective is counterintuitive.

Schwartz states that getting less than six hours of sleep each night is one of the best predictors of on-the-job burnout. In one study, the researcher got male basketball players to sleep 10 hours a night. The result was dramatic improvement in their free-throws and three-point shooting.

This article even describes how naps and vacations dramatically improve our effectiveness. Our bodies and minds need renewal. Working in 90-minute blocks of time and then taking a break, turns out to be “a prescription for maximizing productivity.”

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