Could Relaxing Make You More Productive?

by | February 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM | Health


By Kristin Appenbrink,’s Simply Stated blog

There was an article in the New York Times that has now popped up in my newsfeed and Twitter stream quite a few times. Written by Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, the article “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive” cites lack of sleep, desk-side lunches, and unused vacation days as part of the problem for why we all feel so stressed and unable to keep up with our workloads both on the job and at home. (I’m definitely guilty of all three of those things.)

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So in addition to sleeping more than 6 hours per night, getting away from our desks at lunchtime, and using those days off, Schwartz advocates changing the pace of our workdays.

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The schedule that worked for him was to work in 90-minute chunks, and then take a break. By making this change to his working routine, Schwartz was able to write each of his latest two books in half the time it took him to write each of his first three books.

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What do you think? Would adding a couple of significant breaks in your day help boost your productivity?

For more help, check out 5 Ways to Boost Productivity and My Battle with Sleeplessness, how Real Simple’s deputy editor overcame her lifelong challenges with sleep.

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