Culture of hustling pushes us to do more.
That is why when we work for long and compromise on sleep we feel good. We here is our ‘ego’ because the body won’t feel good if it is lacking sleep.
We feel good because by working a lot because by doing so we get a sense of pride and moving forward.
When we decide to take a nap in the middle of the day we don’t feel proud of ourselves. The ego takes a hit in this case and we feel that we are not doing enough. Such feelings come from social programming because the society around thinks that hard work is better than napping.
But what society thinks can’t always be true.
Sleep and rest are at the core of recovery and are one of the keys to efficiency and excellence.
Roger Federer and LeBron James sleep for an average of 12 hours a night. Federer has said, “If I don’t sleep 11 to 12 hours per day, it’s not right.”
So, don’t ignore recovery. It might be one of the biggest levers for growth accessible to you.
Working too much may be required and ok occasionally but if you make it a habit it can cause burnout, and take a toll on your focus, and health.
Money and relationships are other areas where recovery is important.
After you spend money, work to make more than what was spent, to make sure that you don’t deplete your reserves and remain in good financial shape.
Same goes for relationships. Build the reserves by giving a lot more than you take and when you take from relationships by not paying attention, or not spending time together, think of how you can give more soon.
And, at any point don’t deplete reserves so much that recovery becomes painful and stalls your momentum and progress.