Back in the 80’s and 90’s we thought it was cool to pull all nighters working on projects. I remember staying up many nights working in the editing room until sunrise to get a TV program out the door. Being the company workaholic was a badge of honor. After all (we thought) the people that really make their mark are the ones who bring their laptops to bed, email during sex, and work all the time.
But boy were we wrong. Recent research on expert performance at Florida State University tells a completely different story. They discovered that great performers do indeed work hard, but they’re also the ones that get the most sleep. People who cut back on sleep thinking they’ll be more productive are the losers in the study.
Research has already shown that multi-tasking is bunk. It’s impossible for the human mind to perform well when it’s juggling multiple tasks, so if you want to be excellent, you need to focus. Thanks to this research, another myth is being put to pasture.
However you do it – sleeping early, late, or napping – just do it.