GET SOME SLEEP – September 2015

America needs to get some sleep. Would you agree?

The prevailing culture tells us that nothing succeeds like excess, that working 80 hours a week is better than working 70, that being plugged in 24/7 is expected, and that sleeping less and multitasking more are an express elevator to the top.

I beg to differ.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a big component of working hard, being accountable, and differentiating yourself as you climb your way to the top. But trust me on this one; there is nothing that negatively affects our mood, our productivity, or our effectiveness more than lack of sleep.

For the last few years, ever since I realized I was approaching 60 and working just as hard as I was when I was 25, I’ve been working a bit more on bringing my life into balance. To do this, I’ve had to learn to unplug and recharge. To trade multi-tasking for uni-tasking, and on occasion, no-tasking. It’s left me healthier (yes, I can still stand to lose some weight), happier, calmer, and perhaps in a better position to make a difference in the world.

My eyes have been opened to the value of regularly closing them. My suggestion to you younger folks out there; accept this before you are 60.

Joe Bouch