Get Some Sleep and Be Productive
A good day, by a good day I mean a productive day. A day where you get done what needs to be done. Here is how you start a good day; a good day always starts with a good night’s rest. Now stop and think about it for a minute; how well am I resting at night?
Did you know that doctors say that the average human being requires eight to nine hours of sleep at night? You need that. Your body needs that. Your brain needs that. I’ve always been amazed when occasionally I’ll find somebody that says I can survive on four hours of sleep at night and a thirty minute power nap. I’ve always wished that could be me, but I am one of those guys that’s got to have my eight hours or I’ll feel it the next day. For most of us that’s the case.
If you want to live a productive life, if you want to really get things done in your ministry, in your life work; in your personal life; with your kids; with your family, you want to keep your energy up, so you can focus on the things that you want to focus on. It is going to require you prioritizing your sleep.
Did you know that when you sleep your brain recharges? It’s like a phone. Every night, I plug my phone in beside my bed. I wake up in the morning, and it has a full charge. Your brain does the same thing; it requires a recharge. It is when you sleep when your brain resets and recharges for a brand new day.
How’s your sleep? Are you getting enough sleep? “Well Ryan, I have to get up at 5 a.m. for work.” Let me teach you a little secret I learned from Wayne Corderio in his book Leading on Empty. He talks about sleeping in on the front side of the clock. In other words, when we think about sleeping in, we think that if we normally sleep in until 6, now we will sleep in until 7. Or instead of waking up at 7, I wake up at 8. You can instead sleep in on the front side of the clock. Instead of going to bed at 11, go to bed at 10. Guess what? You have then slept in on the front side of the clock.
If we shifted our mindset, and we looked at our day not beginning in the morning, but beginning in the evening, it would revolutionize our lives. If you go to Genesis, this is how God started His days. We start our days in the morning, but if you go to Genesis chapter one, God said in the evening and the morning were the first day. The evening and the morning were the second day. God starts His days in the evening. I wonder what would happen if you chose to start your days in the evenings?
It is so important that you and I get a good night’s rest. Your body needs it. Your work needs it. Your wife/husband, kids, coworkers, and the people you lead need it. Why? Because they all need you at your best. Go get a good night’s rest. Go eat the frog first. Go to bed early. You might not normally want to do that, but do it. You will thank yourself later, and others will thank you as well.
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