The Impact of Rest on Performance

Rest to perform your best

When working with clients, it’s more important that you are being your best, not just doing your best. With so much to do when building a business, you barely have enough time to catch up on all the projects that need your attention. That is why it matters greatly for the sake of your health, productivity, and business to get enough rest so you can be your best. 

Your mind and body need enough rest to recharge fully. Otherwise, you risk reaching the point of diminishing returns. In other words, when you are tired, the more work you put in, the lower the return on your effort will be. At that point, pushing more may even create damage to your work. That is because you impact the quality of your work when you are not your best self, your well-rested self. 

How Adequate Rest Resets the Mind

Recent studies have revealed what happens when you sleep at night. Just like restarting a computer, your mind uses the time to clear away the buildup so you can think clearly the next day. On the flip side, those deprived of sleep did significantly worse on tests than those who received the required amount of sleep. 

In other words, your cognitive function depends on your brain performing at full capacity. Getting the proper amount of sleep clears away the distractions. It also processes the business of the previous day, so you can entirely focus your mind on the tasks at hand. And while not every task is affected by sleep deprivation, tasks requiring precision, focus, and creativity are affected. For instance, the higher the level of creativity and attention needed to accomplish a task, the higher the effect of sleep deprivation on your brain. 

How Does Enough Rest Improve Productivity?

Research has shown that not getting enough sleep affects your brain, similar to alcohol. Imagine going to work under the influence of alcohol and trying to get the same amount and quality of work accomplished as being sober.

You can see how impaired brain function affects your ability to focus. This ability is essential in working with clients, creating projects, and moving your business forward. It also affects your judgment, creativity and even puts you in danger when performing tasks such as driving. A momentary loss of concentration may have a devastating impact on your life and business. 

Furthermore, there are long-term effects from not getting enough sleep that affect your brain as well. This includes making you more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia later in life. In other words, set aside enough time to get quality sleep every night. 

The good news is that you can reverse the effects of sleep deprivation when you change your sleeping habits. This will affect you both in the short term through better productivity and in the long-term for improved overall health. 

Conclusion

To serve your clients in the best way possible, you need to be at your best. So, to be your best means you need to get enough rest to have proper balance and improve your health and productivity. A better you will build a better business. This is enabled by your ability to serve your clients with your whole self, at full capacity. In summary, take the time to get enough rest so you can be your best.