Read this brilliant article on the Harvard Business Review blog this morning. It confirms what many of us know – both instinctively and from experience: doing more, working harder, worker longer does not increase productivity. In fact, it does the opposite. Sitting at your desk all day, only leaving to visit the loo, is not good for you. Eating lunch at your desk is not good for you. The more you try to slog, to “push on through”, the less you get done. Bad news for workaholics, good news for the rest of us.
I have a tendency to push myself too hard when it comes to work. To do more rather than less. I might have to rethink my strategy now. We need to rest. I know – I have had burn out and it is awful. All of us, whatever our “capacity”, need to rest, get away from work, think about fun things, do fun things in order to stay human. We need to recharge, whether on our own or with others.
Why is it that we try to be superhuman, when it’s a much better idea to get better at being human. To learn how to nourish our souls and nurture our bodies. To look after ourselves. And each other. That sounds like a good New Years resolution to me!