Working is like sleeping? Absolutely.
I wish I could take credit for the insight, but I can’t. This is one of the observations shared by Jason Fried in the video below.
Incidentally, Jason is one of the people I really pay attention to when thinking about business. He is one of the founders of 37Signals.com. He is also the co-author of Rework, one of my favorite business books. And he is the co-author of a second book, Remote: Office Not Required, which I have pre-ordered and is slated for publication later this year.
In the video he makes a number of points about getting work done. But the point I want to share with you is the one he makes about comparing sleep to work.
When you nod off, you don’t instantly arrive in a state of deep, blissful, restorative sleep. You move through different stages of sleep. And to get to the really good part, you have to move through the parts that precede it. And as Jason points out, if you wake up several times during the night, for whatever reason, you can’t immediately get back to that place of deep restorative sleep. You have to go down through all the stages again.
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