Rest Your Way to Productivity

By Anne-Sharlene Murapa.

There is a phrase that I grew up hearing a lot of from the working-class adults in my life, which said, “walala wasala.” This can be loosely translated to, “if you sleep, you get left behind.” At the time, I didn’t quite understand what that meant, but the older I grew, the more it made sense. 

Fast forward to the world of motivational speaking, where we get told, “successful people don’t sleep!” one can become more reluctant to exhibit any form of fatigue as we have to go get that bag!

Sleep has become negatively associated with laziness. One may feel that the more they slept, the fewer chances they would have to rub shoulders with Bill Gates. Yet, if that were true, how come there is no secret society for the wealthy insomniacs? Or maybe there is, and we just don’t know about it. 

When your brain isn’t stressed, you quickly come up with new ideas that have the potential to disrupt industries.

Anne-Sharlene Murapa

An article by Inc. explored why taking time off to rest is, in actual fact, good for the brain. The reason you may be suffering more creative blocks may be due to the amount of time you spend overworking your brain and not giving it the rest that it deserves. One may argue that they get more work done when they strain themselves, and that may be true, but how much of that work is flowing easily from your creative genius and not from routine? 

Getting enough rest enables you to be more productive and creative. When your brain isn’t stressed, you quickly come up with new ideas that have the potential to disrupt industries. Think of the times you had random outbursts of cool ideas. Did that happen when you were stressed or when you were in some state of ease? If anything, getting enough rest puts you in a better position to produce more quality work as you are in a better state of mind. 

Here are five quick tips that even the overachievers can manage to slip into their lifestyles: 

Prioritise your daily tasks and break them down into smaller tasks that can be completed in 30-40 minute work sessions. You have an entire week to fulfill your tasks; stop trying to get everything done on the same day.

 Take a break from the screen and go for a walk. Scrolling through your phone during a “work break” isn’t necessarily the best form of rest for your brain or eyes. 

Try to eat healthier; certain food contributes to our fatigue; hence people end up constantly feeling drained and sleepy after eating them.

 Do your best to get enough sleep! Figure out your best hours of productivity and capitalise on them. Use those to accomplish much more complex tasks and reward yourself with the break your body so much deserves. 

The people who convince us to overwork ourselves are on vacation in space whilst we deal with a pandemic on earth. Do yourself a favor, and add “Rest” to your daily to-do list.