I recently saw Arianna Huffington interviewed on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday series where she had an “aha” moment (get the Oprah reference) after she woke up at her desk in a pool of blood. She collapsed from sheer exhaustion and what she discovered was waking up on your office floor does not mean you’re successful.
Her own burnout led to a much needed self-discovery which she detailed in her bestselling book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. The book draws on the latest groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving back.
Get more sleep, don’t leave your phone on your nightstand while you sleep, create a healthy workspace and learn meditation are all tips that Arianna offers us to battle the Age of Distraction. Here is an article on a few additional ways that saying “no” is the way to key productivity.