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The Connection Between Relaxing and Increased Productivity

There recently was a great article in the New York Times about the importance of relaxing — and how taking time to relax actually increases productivity.  More and more people find themselves overwhelmed with the increasing daily demands that never seem to end.  According to researchers, the best way to get more accomplished may be to spend more time actually doing less.  According to this New York Times article, the research shows that strategic renewal including daytime workouts; short afternoon naps; sleeping longer hours; more time away from work; and longer and more frequent vacations actually boots productivity, job performance; and health.

This article made me think about how to balance my internal drive to work with periods of relaxation.  I plan to start a new practice: take more regular breaks to rejuvenate; take afternoon walks; and take reading breaks.  So this will require being more mindful and intentional.

This article also made me think about Biscuit.  Biscuit is able to relax with no problem (presuming (1) he is not at the vet; and (2) he is not worried about being left behind somewhere, which are both anxiety provoking for Biscuit).  This New York Times article makes me think that perhaps we should take a lesson and adopt some principles from our furry family members who naturally have no problems relaxing on a daily basis — See a peaceful and handsome Biscuit pictured below!

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  1. P. Pope #

    I agree. I find that as I get older I CAN’T keep going all day like I used to. I NEED to rest in the afternoon. Maybe not quite the same as you are describing BUT———–

    Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:12:36 +0000 To:

    February 20, 2013

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