Be more productive by doing less

Our bodies have limited resources, which need to be replenished. Taking breaks during the day, and vacations during the year, is a recipe to be more productive. From a New York Times opinion piece:

  • basketball players who slept for 10 hours a night increased their shooting percentages by 9%
  • air traffic controllers who were given 40 minutes to nap performed much better on vigilance tests
  • longer naps (60-90 minutes) can improve mental acuity even more
  • full-vacationers were more likely to have higher ratings from their supervisorsEdit

“To maximize gains from long-term practice,” Dr. Ericsson concluded, “individuals must avoid exhaustion and must limit practice to an amount from which they can completely recover on a daily or weekly basis.”

Read it at The New York Times.

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