“The Myths of the Overworked Creative”
‘The Renewal of your Energy is as important as the Spending of your Energy.’
In a very inspiring presentation at 99%, founder and CEO of The Energy Project Tony Schwartz, develops and builds on ideas you might have heard about before if you are familiar with Tim Ferriss or Simon Sinek.
Schwartz argues that to survive in a world where more is constantly expected, we push the limit of Time working more, multi-tasking, and burning ourselves. But that this system has a limit we are about to reach:
‘What we know about investing more Time is that when you get past a certain number of hours you begin to get diminishing returns on each incremental hours you invest. In fact, when you get to enough hours, when you’re under enough pressure, when you’re pushing the envelope particularly hard, when you’re burning the midnight oil, you actually eventually get collateral damage. Time turns against you.’
Time being incompressible, Schwartz suggests that we should instead focusing on building a healthier Energy, Energy being expandable, one that will allow us to do more things in less time, with more pleasure and efficiency.
Schwartz presentation concerns everybody but is particularly relevant to creatives who often have to juggle between different projects, irregular calendar and highs and lows in productivity. He takes the major myths under which we govern our lives and deconstruct them, showing us that not only they are myths but also that there is another way around it.
I could relate to a lot of what he said as I have already had to deal with some of the problems he mentioned. I am an insomniac and always struggled to go through a day while I was working in a regular job. To physically and mentally cope with it, I learned how to understand when my body, and my mind by extension, needed to take a break and discovered that micro-naping was my way to recover and be efficient and energetic again for several hours.
It definitely feels to me that there is never enough time while there is always more areas that need to be explored, and there’s a lot of ideas in this video that I know are keys to a better work (and life) balance, with more accomplished in less time.
Watch Tony Schwartz presentation:[thanks to @Indie_Zacuto]