Take Time to Relax…So You Can Get More Done


Getting work and stuff done is how America rolls. I think we get more stuff done through sure will power than lots of others. But are we doing it the right way? Is ‘burning the midnight oil’ every day the best thing to be productive? Maybe not.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to get work done. But if there was a way to get more done, by actually doing less, wouldn’t that be cool?

There is, and strangely enough, it all starts with rest. National Relaxation Day was August 15 (fittingly on a Sat). Here’s a day built around rest, and reducing stress. Stress that comes from work and life and..everything. The theory behind it is that a rested mind and body are simply productive and able to better-handle what the world throws at us.

The idea of rest as a part of being more productive isn’t new. A New York Time article, ‘Relax, You’ll be more productive‘, outlines how your work life can be more productive. According to the article’s author Tony Schwartz, “More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”

And when it comes to that productive part, maybe stopping to read every email as it pops on your screen while trying to complete a report isn’t the best way to do it. Studies continue to prove that multitasking doesn’t work. Juggling multiple projects? Yes. Working on all of them at the same time? Not so much. By adjusting this, says an article in Entrepreneur, we’ll be able to get more done with less. Something that many of us, including myself could stand to do.

When it comes to the supply chain, increasing productivity or efficiency can have a positive effect on our operation. Take WMS or AS/RS as examples. Each automates a once very labor intensive operation and make that operation more accurate, efficient and, ultimately, saving money in your supply chain operation.

How do you increase your productivity? How will you celebrate or create your own version of National Relaxation Day? Share your ideas.









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About John Clark

John is responsible for Marketing and Business Development at the North American headquarters of viastore systems in Grand Rapids, MI.

He has over 20 years of broad hands-on experience in all aspects of marketing and communication, including writing, content marketing, advertising, design, trade show and event planning, public/media relations, website, lead generation and management.

Prior to viastore, he has held marketing management positions at TGW Systems and Dematic, both global material handling automation companies.

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