Hello my friends,
Many have heard of the P90X home fitness program. The “X” stands for eXtreme. It really is a great program. What does this extreme program call for every seven days? REST! The program calls for rest because we need rest and rejuvenation – a time our bodies to recover. I enjoy the workouts, but also forward to the rest days. The developers of this program (and other) found that participants get better results when they take periodic breaks. Intense effort + recovery period = better results.
The same is true in other areas of our lives. If you’ve read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Cover, what is the 7th Habit? Sharpen The Saw!
“Sharpen the saw is means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – YOU.” – Stephen R. Covey
I highly recommend periodic breaks during the day, avoiding the “back-to-back” days which drain energy, clarity and effectiveness. You will actually be more productive when you take a short break (5-10 minutes) every 90-120 minutes. Where do you think the “power nap” came from?
When creating your calendar for a particular day or week, please remember the principle of rejuvenation. Give yourself time to recover. If you work inside, a brief walk outside is often very refreshing. You’ll enter your next meeting or task with more energy, a clearer head and even an uplifted attitude. In other words, you will have sharpened your saw.
That’s it for this week. I’m off to take a nap.
All the best,
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