Ep 90: Room for Rest: How to Reclaim Your Productive Downtime like a Pro

Jul 26, 2021

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Whatever happened to nap time? 

While it may have seemed really boring when we were in kindergarten, that little bit of baked-in downtime would be pretty nice to have as a working adult. 

But, time is money...right? Who has time for 10-minute meditations or lunchtime walks when our productivity is on the line? 

Well, here’s something that might surprise you…

Not only is it easier than you think to make room for rest in your workday, but that rest is actually going to make you more productive, a better leader, and more charismatic in the eyes of your co-workers. 

You see, there’s a difference between working hard and overworking. When we prioritize our wellbeing by creating a hospitable environment for ourselves, we stop viewing work and life as two separate things. 

Therein lies the magic.

In this week’s culmination episode, Karlee circles back through some of the biggest highlights from our month of rest-seeking. She recaps the historical reasons why rest intentionally wasn’t built into our workdays and shares practical ways that you can reshape the paradigm. You’ll hear what to do if you’re feeling the need to rebound from a rest deficit, and a real-world example of how one business owner flipped the definition of hospitality to include his staff first, prioritizing their wellness to cultivate an authentically hospitable environment for employees and guests.

If you’re ready to understand the true nature of rest and start to reclaim your productive downtime, then this episode is for you. 

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Why self-care call-outs can rub you the wrong way (7:00)
  • The difference between hard work and overworking (12:59)
  • Why the patriarchal work model isn’t working (18:23)
  • Respecting the cycles and seasons of our biological nature (25:54)
  • The physical and emotional benefits of rest (31:49)
  • The 7 types of rest (35:14)
  • A better hospitality mentality (48:30)

People Mentioned in this Episode:

Saundra Dalton-Smith

Dan Pallotta

Dan Landes

Watercourse Foods

City, O’ City

Off The Bottle Refill Shop

Elissa Sangster

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 87: A History of No Rest: Why “over-working” triumphed and how we reclaim productive downtime

Episode 88: Ready To Rebound from a Rest Deficit? How Pros Get More Rest and Recovery.

Episode 89: Being Hospitable to Yourself: How to build rest and recovery into your work life with Dan Landes

Journal: “Worry Isn't Work.” Harvard Business Review, 23 July 2014, hbr.org/2010/08/worry-isnt-work.html.

Article: Elissa Sangster, “The Patriarchy Invented The 9-5 Workday. Here's How We Remake It With Women In The Room.Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 10 Sept. 2019

Article: “What's Really Holding Women Back?” Harvard Business Review, 19 Feb. 2020, hbr.org/2020/03/whats-really-holding-women-back

Article: “Sleep Better, Lead Better.” Harvard Business Review, 21 Aug. 2018, hbr.org/2018/09/sleep-well-lead-better

TED Talk: MD, Saundra Dalton-Smith, et al. “The 7 Types of Rest That Every Person Needs.” Ideas.ted.com, 6 Jan. 2021, ideas.ted.com/the-7-types-of-rest-that-every-person-needs/

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