#068: Sleep and Your Productivity [Podcast]

Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?”


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The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the symptoms are similar.

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When I don’t get enough sleep, it impacts me in five ways:

  1. I’m less focused.
  2. I’m less creative.
  3. I’m less resilient.
  4. I’m less generous.
  5. I’m less productive.

Nothing is more important than sleep. Exercise, diet, and mental focus are all important, but they can’t make up for a lack of rest.

Here are eight tips for getting a better night’s rest.

  1. Avoid caffeinated drinks (especially after 4 p.m.).
  2. Eliminate negative input.
  3. Go to bed on time.
  4. Make sure the room is dark.
  5. Keep the temperature cool.
  6. Run a fan (or white noise generator).
  7. Use essential oils.
  8. Pray.

Listener Questions

  1. Jeff Sanders asked, “When it comes to sleep, what’s more important: quantity or quality?”
  2. Tabitha Ford asked, “Should I allow other sites to re-post my content?”
  3. John Burke asked, “How do I start to monetize my speaking events?”
  4. Egil Elling Elingsen asked, “Why do you use digital tools in your morning ritual?”
  5. Matthew Kenyon asked, “When is my platform big enough to monetize?”

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