HOW TO STAY PRODUCTIVE

Do Nothing Sundays.

That’s right, do absolutely nothing on Sundays. You’re not allowed to work. You’re not even allowed to think about work. All you’re allowed to do is relax and take a break.

I know. You’re a workaholic, and you’re proud of it. You find the idea of taking a day off ridiculous, but believe it or not, you will become more productive by scheduling breaks into your routine.

Why?

  1. Taking time off to recharge your batteries will give you the clarity of mind and energy to tackle the week’s activities.
  2. Knowing that you can’t work on certain days will encourage you to work smarter and more efficiently to get the same amount of work done.

Not unlike an Olympic athlete, or simply the engine of a car, if you don’t take breaks and allow time to recuperate, you run the risk of serious injury. You’ll start having trouble sleeping. You’ll start drinking more than you should. You’ll have high blood pressure, stress, depression, anxiety and possibly even premature death. I don’t want that to happen to you.

Action steps for you to take immediately:

  1. You’re allowed to work Monday through Saturday, but you are not allowed to work on Sundays.
  2. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of doing nothing on Sundays, extend it to Saturdays as well.

Take care of yourself.

by Jason Lam


Originally published at www.jlam.com on March 3, 2016.