If you’re Tony Schwartz – former journalist, author of the new book The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, and founder of The Energy Project, which uses science to help employees and employers harness high-performance strategies in order to become more productive, efficient, and satisfied (and not just exist in the “survival zone”) – the answer is, without question, sleep.
Was that your answer? The reasoning behind it is that people can survive for several weeks without food, but not sleep. We need it. Badly. In order to think, function, create, and produce. And most of us aren’t getting nearly enough of it in our daily lives.
This was just one of the many seemingly simple yet fascinating subjects Tony enlightened us about during his recent visit to our Blisstree office (which includes our sister sites Crushable and TheGloss). We scored a two-hour workshop with Tony in the hopes that he could help some of our overworked, sleep-deprived colleagues how to work smarter (not harder) in the face of this different type of societal energy crisis. We’re a startup company, and I don’t think it’s possible for most of us to work any harder, but we sure as hell can work more productively and efficiently – which is where The Energy Project comes in.
Tony and The Energy Project have worked with corporations including Google, Sony, and Toyota to help their employees maximize productivity and energy (and become more contented workers and people in the process) by using science-based actionable strategies. Did you know that the human brain is wired to take breaks every 90 minutes, and, in fact, works much, much better when you do just that? (I didn’t. I thought taking breaks that often meant the person was lazy. Now I make my Blisstree team follow Tony’s advice.) Tony also advocates taking back your lunch every Wednesday this summer.
In our next post, we’ll check in with our colleagues to see if they’ve employed any or all of Tony’s tips and strategies. (You may want to try one or two of them yourself.)
In the meantime, take Tony’s Energy Audit (a simple quiz) to find out how you’re “managing your energy,” and have the (often shocking) results emailed to you.