by Sunil Bali, 15-09-13

A human heart actually only "beats" for 9 hours a day.

Assuming an average heart rate of 70 beats per minute, the heart is in rest phase after contracting, for 15 hours out of every 24.

The research is unequivocal. The best way to get more done is to work less.

Whether you’re Usain Bolt or Richard Branson, the cycle of peak performance is the same:

       intense focus → energetic execution → deep recovery → intense focus.

Spending sufficient time as a human being allows the human doing to get done:

  • Soldiers in the US Army rest before they get tired. After every 50 minutes of marching they rest for 10 minutes because this increases they’re overall efficiency.
  • An unapologetic night owl, Winston Churchill’s afternoon nap was a non-negotiable part of his relaxed approach to his daily routine.
  • John F. Kennedy would sleep every afternoon after lunch and resume meetings in the Oval office at 3:30pm according to his Head of Staff, JB West.
  • Thomas Edison attributed his enormous energy and creativity to his habit of sleeping whenever he wanted to.

Even a nap as short as 6 minutes can improve both learning and performance.

Time for a lie-in?


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