Iphone, Ipad, Blackberry, Smartphone, PC, Laptop, Tablet, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Connectivity, Globalisation. Real time, face time, 24/7 do it now time. All these tools were in invented to make us more efficient. Did they work? Do we achieve any more, or are we just doing more?
We live in a world of go, go, go. It never stops. We are fearful, stop and pause for breath and something will pass us by. We cram so much in, or at least try to, that we have devalued downtime. I am talking about real downtime, not lying on the couch, smartphone in hand tweeting, connecting, emailing. I am talking about peaceful, restful, real, downtime. Re – charging.
When was the last time you woke up in the morning off the back of 8 hours uninterrupted, beautiful deep sleep and leapt out of bed fully refreshed, full of ideas, creativity, energy? Imagine just how productive you could be, how much you could actually achieve, instead of just do.
We have forgotten how to switch off. I have forgotten how to switch off.
Regular readers know of the value I place on the excellent TED talks. Here is yet another. Ariana Huffington, Co – Founder of www.huffingtonpost.com delivers a short yet highly thought-provoking presentation on the power of sleep. Give yourself permission to watch it. Then go and take a nap. You’ll feel all the better for it.