Have you noticed how busy is the new black? Many workplaces recognize and reward being fast-moving or adaptive. Yet really, they’re white-collar sweatshops, pushing people beyond their limits. The result? Stressed and burned-out employees.
In a culture that values hard work and productivity, we’re “winning” when we are going hard. Being busy increases our level of (self-) importance and can become addictive. We feel guilty or ashamed when we aren’t doing lots of stuff at work or on our weekends.
Articles, books, and podcasts report successful people are willing to go longer and harder than others. They get up at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. to get ahead when in fact, research shows us the more sleep we get, the happier we are.
Going hard and being on all the time is actually detrimental to what you want to achieve. Pain, stress, and fatigue produce neurotransmitters that disconnect you from your executive function (smarts).
Your brain will operate better and be more productive if you flip the switch and build in more downtime. We need to be in an engaged, happy, and relaxed state to perform at our peak. So here are some of my favourite techniques to help you do just that.