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7 Reasons Why People Who Sleep Less Are More Productive

7 Reasons Why People Who Sleep Less Are More Productive

Time may be the most essential commodity you need in becoming successful. Many successful executives admit that they can get by on less sleep and achieve more. While the average person should need between 6-8 hours, successful people think that by sleeping less they can create more hours for themselves to work more. While following the examples of successful people may appear to be a difficult task, you should understand that there are apparent reasons why sleeping less could affect how productive you can become. And yes less sleep can actually make you more productive, here’s why.

They have more time

How sleep affects your productivity can be argued. However less sleep offers you more time to tackle challenges and solve problems. Such extra time you have on your hands can help you to achieve something worthwhile. Since it is attributed that many great people could sleep less and achieve so much within a lifetime the idea of sleeping less is not so much of a bad idea after all.

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They find alternative activities to sleep

Being productive with less sleep means that certain persons can have time to discover other enriching and interesting activities that not only keeps them awake but provides a great alternative to sleep. Such persons can juggle several tasks all at once and do several things at once.

They are supercharged

According to an article by the Wall Street Journal people who sleep less show some interesting characteristics, “Not only are their circadian rhythms different from most people, so are their moods (very upbeat) and their metabolism (they’re thinner than average, even though sleep deprivation usually raises the risk of obesity). They also seem to have a high tolerance for physical pain and psychological setbacks.” People who sleep less tend to go on the fast lane, they talk fast and are always on the upside of life. They have a different attitude towards getting things done.

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They are aware

For these persons who sleep less and consider sleep to be a waste of time, they are aware. They know why it is important to meet objectives and gain results. They have enough energy in their bags to demonstrate such characteristics as optimism, ambition and self-awareness. You may consider this to be a rare quality but such awareness for them offers them the privilege to get more done and become more productive.

They are outgoing

Less sleep offers these people the energy to go out and benefit from the social life around them. Thus they can connect and meet more people that will drive them to be more successful. Connecting and networking are important elements in getting more done and becoming more successful. Their ability to benefit from the world around them gives them the opportunity to do more and face challenges better.

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They are passionately driven

Such people are known to follow their passion and be enthusiastic about whatever they do. They would invest their time and energy to get results and finish a project. They would not settle for less or for mediocrity. They are enthusiastic about getting results and earning whatever success they attain. While others might see the idea of not getting enough sleep as a flaw, they see it as an opportunity and a privilege to accomplish the projects they love accomplished.

They gravitate towards extreme fields

Such dynamism of sleeping less may not be required in certain professions but in professions like entrepreneurship, blogging, video game design, social media and others, this quality of sleeping less is very helpful. Many people who sleep less are proactive and drives towards professions that trigger their leadership quality and make them attain more. They would attain more in fields that appreciate their unique and distinctive quality of less sleep and more work.

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While sleep is benefit for many, the few who have the privilege of sleeping less have been known to work harder and climb faster to leadership positions in life.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system”.

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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The power of habit

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being six hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The wonderful thing about triggers (reminders)

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to make a reminder works for you

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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