Monday, February 11, 2013

It pays to relax

An article, Relax! You'll be more productive, in the New York Times, underscores the value of naps, vacations and a good night's sleep.  In our increasingly "go-go", fast pace existence, we are well advised to resist the urge to work without ceasing.  Being a fan of paradox, I'm pleased to report that research confirms that we are better able to get more done when we spend more time doing less.

How sad it is that about a third of US employees are so busy that they eat lunch at their desk, while  half plan to work during their vacations.  Unbelievably US workers left an average of 9.2 vacation days unused in 2012.  This is up a third from 2011!  It seems that the rat race is getting faster.

Physiologically humans are made to rotate between spending energy and recovering energy.  The period of physiological fatigue comes approximately every 90 minutes. When we don't take time to recover the old axiom becomes evident, "the harder I work, the behinder I get."

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