It’s a common misconception—the idea that if you can burn the midnight oil, working a few hours later each evening, you’ll get more done.
Simply put, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t a waste of time. It actually helps you to make the most of your time and get more done.
So how can you improve the quality of your sleep in a way that enhances your workplace productivity? That’s what I want to talk about with you today.
Hack Your Sleep, Get More Done
As a motivational speaker, I’m always telling people about the benefits of better sleep. Here are some of the specific recommendations I’d make for achieving that.
- First, change your way of thinking about sleep. Think of it as an investment. Every hour of sleep you get is an investment in your productivity, and you need to maintain that investment at a certain level—roughly eight hours a night—to function at your best. That doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally work into the night and get, say, five hours and be perfectly fine. Overall, though, that eight hours/night number is an average you want to maintain.
- Routine is everything. You have to condition your body that, between these hours, it’s sleeping That means trying to go to bed at the same time each night, and also waking up at the same time each morning. Sleeping in until noon on Sunday morning may feel nice, but it can actually disrupt that careful rhythm you’ve developed.
- Recognize which parts of the day tend to be your most productive, and plan the rest of your day accordingly. If you really do your best work at 10 PM, by all means work late—but then allow yourself to sleep in a little later, making sure you get those eight hours. Working into the evening means you don’t need to rise at the crack of dawn. Make that investment in sleep!
- Finally, I urge everyone to spend some time making the best possible environment for sleep. That means a comfortable mattress, a cool temperature, comfy pajamas, and an absence of light (including smartphone emissions) in your room. The time and money you put into this are well worth it for improved health and productivity!
The bottom line? Your sleep is something to be serious about—and with these steps, you can really make a meaningful investment into your own wellbeing.
Dr. Rick Goodman CSP is a thought leader in the world of leadership and one of the most sought after conference keynote speakers on leadership, engagement, and business growth in the United States and internationally.
He is the author of the books Living A Championship Life “A Game Plan for Success” and My Team Sucked “10 Rules That Turned Them Into Rock Stars.” He is also the co-author of the book Jamie’s Journey: Travels with My Dad, written with his sixteen-year-old daughter Jamie.
Dr. Rick is famous for helping organizations, corporations, and individuals with systems, strategies, and solutions that encourage engagement, resulting in increased profits and productivity without having the challenges of micromanaging the process. Some of Dr. Rick’s clients include Heineken, AT&T, Boeing, Cavium Networks, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Franklin Templeton Investments.
You can contact Dr. Rick at www.rickgoodman.com or call 888-267-6098.