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Fear of Failure Prevents Minimal, but Necessary Time Off (andysparks.co)
4 points by SparksZilla 1849 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

Check out the book, "The Power of Full Engagement." The short of it is that yes, you do need a break. You'll be more productive managing your time and doing important things (like occasionally relaxing and being sure to exercise regularly) than just trying to sit at your computer working 24/7.

Also, don't look at breaks as a major unplug or nothing at all. Our brains work in 90-120 minute cycles (similar to our sleep cycles) and so building in short breaks (even only 5-10 minutes) can be incredibly refreshing and make you more productive than if you cranked through a whole day.

The book is no BS either; the authors have helped Fortune 500 leaders and professional athletes rise to the top of their game (like helping a tennis player become #1 in the World).

Happy to talk more some time as I'm just wrapping the book up and starting to apply some of the lessons from it. It's helping me understand why for instance my most productive hour of my week is the hour after i keep home from my soccer games and how to have more heavy execution sessions like it.

Don't feel guilty. It's about working smart and hard.

I agree and empathize with this completely. There's a lot of pressure to be online 24/7, always cranking, always building, always increasing 'productivity.'

But part of business (and the advantage for so many successful companies) is creative thinking and the ability to see an opportunity that others don't. Stepping back and 'turning off' is critical to the creative thinking process: it's the 'incubation' stage that leads to 'illumination' or the Aha-moment: http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2011/11/how-to-think-creativel...

So next time you feel like a slacker for having a beer with friends, know that you might actually be on the verge of a breakthrough.

An important topic, Andy! Related: if you're motivated (positively) enough to work that extensively, that's a gift unto itself. Take a step back and think about working just 8 hours a day at anything. How would you feel if that's something you didn't love? How would you feel doing something you didn't love for even 4 hours a day? 2 hours a day?

If you love what you do and are motivated to do that thing for such long hours, more power to you!

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