3 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Stop Pushing Yourself at Work

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

When you’re invested in your work you give it your all. The hours are long, the days are hectic. The thrill of success punctuates the background hum of the daily grind. It’s exciting but often you’re teetering on the edge of overwhelm. There is always more to do and never enough time. At the end of each day you collapse into bed; tasks ticked off your list but there’s more to greet you in the morning.

It’s easy when you’re working hard to put yourself last. You prioritise your clients, your admin, your family and your goals. You’ll take a break ‘when you get time’ but does that time ever come? When did you last stop and smell the roses?

Science now tells us that all work and no play not only makes Jack a dull boy, but it thwarts his productivity and creativity and eventually he’ll burn out. You will too.

Here are three science-backed reasons why rest is important to success in your business - and life.

1. You Get More Done When You Work Less. Your brain is like your phone battery. Use it for too long and you run out of juice. This is attributed to a physiological cycle called the Basic Rest-Activity Cycle (BRAC). During the day we move from a state of alertness progressively into fatigue every 90 minutes or so. To refuel we need rest. Don’t refill your coffee and push through. Take a walk instead, sit in the sun or read a book for 15 minutes and give your brain a chance to recharge.