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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 April 8, 2019

22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

Unless you’re infinitely rich or prepared to rack up major debt, you need to budget your income. Setting limits on how much you are willing to spend helps control expenses. But what about your time? Do you budget your time or spend it carelessly?

Deadlines are the chronological equivalent of a budget. By setting aside a portion of time to complete a task, goal or project in advance you avoid over-spending. Deadlines can be helpful but they can also be a source of frustration if set improperly. Here are some tips for making deadlines work:

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  1. Use Parkinson’s Law – Parkinson’s Law states that tasks expand to fill the time given to them. By setting a strict deadline in advance you can cut off this expansion and focus on what is most important.
  2. Timebox – Set small deadlines of 60-90 minutes to work on a specific task. After the time is up you finish. This cuts procrastinating and forces you to use your time wisely.
  3. 80/20 – The Pareto Principle suggests that 80% of the value is contained in 20% of the input. Apply this rule to projects to focus on that critical 20% first and fill out the other 80% if you still have time.
  4. Project VS Deadline – The more flexible your project, the stricter your deadline. If a task has relatively little flexibility in completion a softer deadline will keep you sane. If the task can grow easily, keep a tight deadline to prevent waste.
  5. Break it Down – Any deadline over one day should be broken down into smaller units. Long deadlines fail to motivate if they aren’t applied to manageable units.
  6. Hofstadter’s Law – Basically this law states that it always takes longer than you think. A rule I’ve heard in software development is to double the time you think you need. Then add six months. Be patient and give yourself ample time for complex projects.
  7. Backwards Planning – Set the deadline first and then decide how you will achieve it. This approach is great when choices are abundant and projects could go on indefinitely.
  8. Prototype – If you are attempting something new, test out smaller versions of a project to help you decide on a final deadline. Write a 10 page e-book before your 300 page novel or try to increase your income by 10% before aiming to double it.
  9. Find the Weak Link – Figure out what could ruin your plans and accomplish it first. Knowing the unknown can help you format your deadlines.
  10. No Robot Deadlines – Robots can work without sleep, relaxation or distractions. You aren’t a robot. Don’t schedule your deadline with the expectation you can work sixteen hour days to complete it. Deathmarches aren’t healthy.
  11. Get Feedback – Get a realistic picture from people working with you. Giving impossible deadlines to contractors or employees will only build resentment.
  12. Continuous Planning – If you use a backwards planning model, you need to constantly be updating plans to fit your deadline. This means making cuts, additions or refinements so the project will fit into the expected timeframe.
  13. Mark Excess Baggage – Identify areas of a task or project that will be ignored if time grows short. What e-mails will you have to delete if it takes too long to empty your inbox? What features will your product lack if you need a rapid finish?
  14. Review – For deadlines over a month long take a weekly review to track your progress. This will help you identify methods you can use to speed up work and help you plan more efficiently for the future.
  15. Find Shortcuts – Almost any task or project has shortcuts you can use to save time. Is there a premade library you can use instead of building your own functions? An autoresponder to answer similar e-mails? An expert you can call to help solve a problem?
  16. Churn then Polish – Set a strict deadline for basic completion and then set a more comfortable deadline to enhance and polish afterwards. Often churning out the basics of a task quickly will require no more polishing afterwards than doing it slowly.
  17. Reminders – Post reminders of your deadlines everywhere. Creating a sense of urgency with your deadlines is necessary to keep them from getting pushed aside by distractions.
  18. Forward Planning – Not mutually exclusive with backwards planning, this involves planning the details of a project out before setting a deadline. Great for achieving clarity about what you are trying to accomplish before making arbitrary time limits.
  19. Set a Timer – Get one that beeps. Somehow the countdown of a timer appears more realistic for a ninety minute timebox than just glancing at your clock.
  20. Write them Down – Any deadline over a few hours needs to be written down. Otherwise it is an inclination not a goal. Having written deadlines makes them more tangible than internal decisions alone.
  21. Cheap/Fast/Good – Ben Casnocha in My Start Up Life mentions that you can have only have two of the three. Pick two of the cheap/fast/good dimensions before starting a project to help you prioritize.
  22. Be Patient – Using a deadline may seem to be the complete opposite of patience. But being patient with inflexible tasks is necessary to focus on their completion. The paradox is that the more patient you are, the more you can focus. The more you can focus the quicker the results will come!

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