The importance of sleep

Even if they know the importance of sleep, many people still don’t get the necessary rest they need. You may hear some of them saying that they have enough time to sleep when they are dead.

Most people who decide to sacrifice their sleep do it in order to get “work done”. If you have a tight deadline or a lot of work to finish up, you might think about pulling an all-nighter. At first, cutting your sleep hours for work might seem like a good idea when you are under pressure.

The problem with this is that the human body is not designed to focus for long periods at a time. The longer you spend working on something, the longer the breaks you will need to take. Also, as time passes productivity drops. Focusing becomes even harder with each passing hour. After a certain point you will just be doing extra hours, but not getting much work done.

This is where the hole point of losing sleep over work fails. It’s not about the hours you put in. It’s about results and getting work done. Especially things done right. A lot of work hours with low productivity don’t help you reach these goals.

The importance of sleep is that it offers you the necessary rest in order to do great work. It helps you focus. It helps you be productive.

It’s not about the hours you put in, it’s about the results.

Conciseness is underrated

Ideas and insights are more important than form and length. Conciseness is underrated!

I can never agree with requests to write a minimum number of characters, words or pages for an article, research paper, feedback field, blog post or even books. Is the quantity of the work more important than the quality of the content?

In our school system everyone is still taught to write a minimum number of pages. Publishing firms still ask for books to have over a certain number of pages. Research papers still have to be long and boring.

But in a fast moving society we have less and less time to spend on reading between the lines to uncover ideas worth spreading and meaningful insights. If there is something worth knowing, something that can make a change in our life – it better be to the point, short and easy to read.

The business world and the society as a whole is moving towards ideas and meaningful insights presented briefly but having a huge impact. Sales people are constantly under time pressure and need to close sales in less and less time. Business consultants need to get results instantly. News need to be delivered a minute ago. Everything needs to be as fast and as compact as possible.

Even stories. No matter how inspiring you want to make them, if they’re too long people will just refuse to read them. More and more people first look at how big is what they have to read and only after that, upon brief context analysis, start reading.

How about setting a minimum number of great ideas, useful insights or meaningful research instead?