Rest and relaxation

There are some interesting reflections on how we use our time and energy in George Couros’s post The Importance of Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation for Long-Term Growth. His premise (drawn from another article which he links to but is unavailable in Europe) is that how we spend our time away from work can make the time spent at work more useful. Couros approaches thinking about this in terms of building muscle:

If you do not give your body time to rest and rebuild, it can actually do more harm than good.

This particularly resonates with me as a sportsperson. I’ve had plenty of occasions throughout my sporting career where I’ve been sidelined because of injury. At those times, I am desperate to get back to it, but I know that only time and rest can heal my body. To go back too soon and risk injuring myself further doesn’t benefit my team and will only keep me out of the game for even longer.

We can learn from this lesson at work too. We’re no use when we’re running on empty, either from day-to-day or in the long run. Taking time out to recharge allows us to return and work more effectively.

As Couros does, I’ll leave you with these wise words from Ovid:

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

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