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?

Do more…

things that you like.

things that scare you.

exercises.

in less time with less resources.

things that your future self will thank you for.

to learn new skills and form new abilities.

Do more today that you have done yesterday. Never settle for less. Push your limits because that’s how you are going to grow. Do more every time.

Making a profit

Is making a profit your main focus? Do you focus all your attention on how to increase your profit or is money only a means of reaching your real goal?

If you look back at how most companies started, you will notice one thing. None of them had their main focus on making a profit. Facebook was about keeping people connected. Apple was about technology and innovation. But as time passed, their goal changed into making a profit.

Now Facebook is all about the stocks, new ways to put adds on mobile devices and increasing profit. Apples’ latest actions have been all about securing their position, lawsuits with Samsung and replacing Google apps on their devices.

On the other hand, there is Tiffany & Co with their “True Love in Pictures” Project. Their focus was on creating a story, something memorable for people to share and enjoy. Their main focus was on delivering the story. And people acknowledged it. People reacted. The project went viral, it created buzz and not to mention their stocks raised 10% (while the stocks of Apple and Facebook dropped).

If you keep your eyes on making a profit, everything that’s important will pass you by without you noticing it.

Being nervous

One problem most people have is starting being nervous when they have to do something important. This happens most of the time if they do it for the first time or if they think they aren’t as good as they should be.

Most times being nervous is something counterproductive. This happens when it’s fear related. The fear to fail. The fear to make a fool out of yourself in front of other people. The fear of critics. The fear of change. This is the moment when you need to step up and face your fears. Focus on giving the best performance you can. Create a mindset based on facing fear and you’ll get past it. With experience, exercise and self control you will be able to master these fears.

But being nervous can also be positive. It shows that you really care. That you are doing something meaningful. There is no way to get over this. But you shouldn’t even try. You should try to expose yourself to it as much as you can. Do things that scare you. Do the things that are important to you.

If you are not nervous about doing it, then it’s not going to be memorable.