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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:
- If you don’t get enough sleep, you will fail at changing habits; and
- 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.
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.
Really interesting chart. I guess as long as Amazon investors continue to value the "potential", the company never has to worry about generating a profit.
The power of self-quantification on living mindfully has struck me recently. Over the last several months, I have implemented the following into my daily life:
- Started wearing a Fitbit Force.
- Began doing yoga.
- Started keeping a food journal.
- Installed RescueTime on my Macbook Air.
Each of these items was progressive for me. Each step led me to the next:
- I wanted to start monitoring my sleep and activities throughout the day, so I got the Fitbit (or, I just wanted another geeky device…I am not sure).
- I quickly learned that I was walking about 35 steps a day, so I began looking for ways to get more exercise (also, because I wanted to do better than my wife on the step thing).
- My lower back (long sad story about the pains associated with getting older) did not feel good enough to start running, so I started, after always wanting to try it, I downloaded Yoga Studio on the iPad and started doing yoga.
- Yoga has done wonders for my back pain, but I quickly realized my fat stomach was in the way.
- I started keeping a food journal, because the physical act of writing down “two bags of Cheetos” is so utterly painful and humiliating that I avoid the food altogether.
- And, all of this lead me to realize, I wonder what monitoring my computer habits will do for me - so RescueTime.
These simple automatic and thought-less tools allow me to be thoughtful in my life. I find myself thinking, “why not walk up the stairs instead of riding the elevator” or “man, you are going to have to log that Twinkie” and it helps me make better decisions. Decisions that help my mind, my body and help me feel better about myself. Amazing.