The Other Side of Productivity

I love to work; I love to produce. I love crossing items off my to-do list and getting things done. Most of my work activities don’t even feel like work. I guess that’s what happens when you’re at the right place.

It wasn’t always like this for me. There was a time in my life when I didn’t get much done; I was more interested in “play”. This productivity “stuff”, I had to learn.

And once I had learned the productivity lesson, I had to relearn the “rest and play” lesson. Humans are not robots; we need to rest.

Work, work, work, and no rest, isn’t healthy. No one can work 24/7, neither do we need to.

To be productive, we can’t be “on” 24/7. From time to time, we must push the “off” button and recharge. There comes a point when persisting to work becomes unproductive, because our energy level is so low and our focus is off. When we get to that point, it’s wise to stop and rest.

That “breaking point” is different for every person. Each of us must know what that point is and make sure we respect it.

Some people can work 15 hours straight and still feel as if their day is just getting started, whereas others roll on empty after 9 hours. For some, that number of work hours changes depending on various factors. We must each know our “breaking point” and rest before we reach it.

If you love your work—like I do—you may find hard to stop, but it’s necessary. Your productivity depends on it. Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is stop and rest.

Rest is the other side of productivity. Rest is a necessary part of productivity. Rest affects your productivity: without enough rest, your productivity decreases. I use rest in a broad sense here: sleep, spend time with friends, play with your kids, sit in the backyard and sip a strawberry smoothie,…

Produce, rest, produce, rest, produce, rest. So goes the cycle. Production and rest work together. The length of each “phase” (i.e. production and rest) depends on you: you must find your own rhythm by listening to your mind and body.

Work, work, work is no good; Rest, rest, rest neither. In my life, I have tasted both: rest but no work; work but no rest. Neither works. You get the most return when they alternate at a pace that maximizes your personal productivity.

On that note, I’m going to play…

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.