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Rest: The New Type of Work

Hey, Boss! Did you know rest could be profitable?

I know you took on this role so that you could be at the helm of affairs of your life, your time and your passions but being an entrepreneur would usually rob you of your time if you’re not being careful. You need to make sure that you factor in enough rest into your work schedule for you to be uber-productive.

A rest break is an uninterrupted period of at least 20 minutes, during which work should not be undertaken. You should be able to take it away from your workstation. Rest periods include breaks during the working day, breaks between working days, and weekly rest periods.

A rest break is an uninterrupted period of at least 20 minutes, during which work should not be undertaken.

Once you have started with small chunks of rest, exponentially increase the time you take off and use it to regenerate and develop yourself mentally. Some of the greatest founders, innovators and creators set aside large chunks of time just to reflect. For example, Microsoft founder Bill Gates first took solo Think Weeks — seven days spent reading, strategizing and reflecting — before the idea spread through the company. Today, Gates credits those weeks with generating some of Microsoft’s top innovations.

The late Dr. Maya Angelou, for example, always drew clear boundaries in her schedule. The legendary writer, poet, singer and activist arrived at her desk around the same time each day. Afterward, she set aside work to spend time with her family.

If these people with their busy schedules and how much they have achieved could take valuable time of the grid, what’s your excuse? Challenge the narrative and embrace the digital sabbath; you’ll be in good company!

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