Business, Productivity & Technology

Reading List: Feb. 14, 2014

Added on by WC Bracken.

More on Sleep

Added on by WC Bracken.

More on sleep - from ZenHabits:

Sure, I know that sleep is important for health and happiness and all of that … but it wasn’t until I learned two things that sleep took on a new importance for me:

  1. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will fail at changing habits; and
  2. If you have a lack of sleep, your motivation will drop tremendously.

For years I focused on waking early so that I’d be more productive and be able to focus on my morning habits. But those two things were harmed by a lack of sleep.

I could cite a bunch of studies and numbers, but here’s the honest truth: based on my own self-experiments, and working with thousands of people on habits, sleep is one of the most important but least valued factors when it comes to creating habits.

And in my own life, I’ve noticed that when sleep levels drop, my productivity drops. My motivation to work on hard projects drops.

The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use to Get the Job Done

Added on by WC Bracken.

Fascinating article on the science around maximizing your productivity by maximizing your energy - physical, emotional and mental. Katia Verresen provides executive coaching and provides some really interesting ideas such as scheduling your calendar around your energy cycles. She also keys on sleep - the importance of getting good sleep to function properly:

Sleep is not as negotiable as people want it to be, and bargaining with it is the number one mistake Verresen sees people make. “Anders Ericcson has a famous study showing that the world’s best violinists slept an average of 8.5 hours every day to stay on top. For truly top performers, 8 hours are recommended,“ she says. ”I’ll meet people all the time who say they are just fine with 3 or 4 hours, but you always end up paying that back in what you’re able to accomplish.

I couldn’t agree more.