.....ALL LIVING BEINGS HAVE BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS
THAT AUTOMATE LIFE FUNCTIONING
TO THE DESIGN OF THE CREATOR
FOR WELLNESS AND SAFETY.....
........and humans tend to upset these
with greed and ignoring the power of nature and Creator.....
......NEW CHALLEGE TO
CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF
"BALANCING WORK-LIFE LIFESTYLE CHOICES " .....
TONY SCHWARTZ, the
author of today's news story of the lifestyle challenging thinking
new book "The Way We’re Working
Isn’t Working" said the
are arguing for a genuinely new paradigm in work.
We’re saying two
things to the employers:
“Don’t worry about
the number of hours your employees work; worry about the value they
produce and let them figure out how to do that.”
“Stop trying to get more out of your people and focus
more on investing in them.”
Those are pretty challenging ideas for organizations,
so yes, we do run
up to resistance....
First of all, work in increments of no more than
You don’t have to work 90 minutes.
Why is it magical?
Because there is a rhythm in our bodies
in 90-minute intervals.
That rhythm is the Ultradian rhythm,
which moves between high
arousal and fatigue."...
IS ULTRADIAN RHYTHM...
A rhythm is a measured movement;
the recurrence of an action or function at regular intervals.
Biological rhyths are the cyclic changes that occur in physiological
processes of living organisms; called also biorhythms. These rhythms
are so persistent throughout the living kingdom that they probably
should be considered a fundamental characteristic of life, as are
growth, reproduction, metabolism and irritability. Many of the
physiological rhythms occur in animals about every 24 hours
(circadian rhythm). Examples include the peaks and troughs that are
manifested in body temperature, vital signs, brain function and
muscular activity. Biochemical analyses of urine, blood enzymes and
plasma serum also have demonstrated rhythmic fluctuations in a
24-hour period.It has long been believed that the cyclic changes
observed in plants and animals were totally in response to
environmental changes and, as such, were exogenous or of external
origin. This hypothesis is now being rejected by some
chronobiologists who hold that the biological rhythms are intrinsic
to the organisms, and that the organisms possess their own
physiological mechanism for keeping time. This mechanism has been
called the 'biological clock'
Ultradian rhythm is the
regular recurrence in cycles of less than a
circadian of 24 hours, as certain biological activities
which occur at such intervals, regardless of conditions of
illumination. In contrast,
such as the human
have periods longer than a day. The descriptive term ultradian
is used in
research in reference to the 90–110 minute cycling of the sleep
stages during human sleep. Some of the other ultradian
cyclings of the body are
The last involves rhythmic release of
(CRH), stimulating and inhibiting appetite ultradian rhythms.
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really understand today news-knowledge sharing.....
........WORK-LIFE BALANCE REQUIRES
LIFE TO HAVE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
EIGHT FULFILLMENTS DAILY.....
.....AND WHEN YOU HAVE THESE EIGHT
THEN FOLLOW YOUR NATURAL BODY RHYTHMS
OF THE CREATOR'S DESIGN
INCLUDING THOSE IN
TODAY'S FOLLOWING NEWS STORY.....
Secret to Success:
WORK LESS SLEEP IN
Take more breaks....
Follow ultradian rhythm....
........new book New York Times No. 2
"The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working"
BY TONY SCHWATZ FOR CORPORATE RETHINKING.....
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Globe and Mail:&n:
May 31, 2010: Wency Leung)
Tony Schwartz wants us to sleep more, take more vacations, stop checking
e-mail and daydream. />
No, he isn’t encouraging us to be slackers. The New York-based author of
the new book The Way We’re Working
Isn’t Working, co-written with Jean Gomes and Catherine
McCarthy, says we can be more productive by fluctuating between bursts
of rest and highly focused work.
Humans aren’t meant to perform like computers, at high speed,
continuously, for long periods of time, he says.
Yet we routinely try to do so, neglecting our four key needs – our
physical needs, met through fitness, nutrition and rest; our emotional
need to feel valued; our mental need to control our attention; and our
spiritual need to believe that what we do matters.
A complete overhaul of how we operate is in order, Mr. Schwartz says.
Radical? Maybe. But considering his book has become a New York Times No.
2 bestseller within weeks of publication, his workplace revolution may
be catching on.
Q: Your book suggests it’s possible to
get more done by spending less time at work. Can you explain?
I don’t think it’s so much about spending less time at work; I think
it’s about shifting the focus from time to energy. The more continuously
and longer you work, the less incremental return you get on each
We are physiologically meant to pulse, and we operate best when we move
between spending energy and renewing energy.
We value spending energy and we are good at it, but we undervalue
renewing energy, even though that’s a powerful way to improve
Q: How did we lose sight of the
It’s not very long ago at all when if you got into your car to drive
home, that was almost by definition renewal time.
Remember, less than three decades ago, there was no such thing as a cell
phone. Now, you get into a car or you get onto an airplane and you can
So unless you intentionally build renewal time, it will no longer be
there. It will have disappeared.
In a business world that lives by the ethic of “more, bigger, faster,”
renewal doesn’t get any respect.
Q: You advise working in 90-minute
bursts, and taking breaks in between. Is there something magical about
the 90-minute interval?
First of all, I would say you want to work in increments of no more than
90 minutes. You don’t have to work 90 minutes.
Why is it magical? Because there is a rhythm in our bodies that operates
in 90-minute intervals. That rhythm is the
ultradian rhythm, which moves between high
arousal and fatigue.
If you’re working over a period of 90 minutes, there are all kinds of
indicators in your physiology of fatigue so what your body is really
saying to you is “Give me a break. Refuel me.”
Q: You offer the example of John
Weiser, president of the television division of Sony Pictures
Entertainment. He goes to bed every night at 10 p.m., sleeps for seven
hours, manages to go to the gym each morning, takes meditation breaks at
work, leaves work early enough to spend time with his family and doesn’t
check e-mail at home. How is this possible?
It It seems a little unreal. … [But] when he’s working, he’s really
|Just to take an example from my own life, when I wrote this book –
while, by the way, running a company, sleeping eight hours a night,
working out every day, and continuing to have a marriage and kids – the
reason I could do it is because I wrote the book in three 90-minute
sprints every morning. />
And when I was writing, I took no phone calls, I didn’t check e-mail,
and I was 100-per-cent engaged. Then, I took a break.
One of my breaks was a run. It turned out to be a time when I got my
best ideas because as we know, we don’t get our best ideas while sitting
at a desk.
Q: Do you have any advice on how to
take breaks without looking like a slacker?
In the best of worlds, organizations begin to recognize that this [way
of working] is actually serving them well. But in most organizations,
the one minute you’re not working, you’re a slacker. There, I think, it
really becomes strategic.
There’s a wonderful little breathing exercise that you can do for 30 to
60 seconds, and it’s just breathing in through your nose to a count of
three and out through your mouth to a count of six.
You can get a lot of renewal in a short time … and it’s very unlikely
that a co-worker or a boss is going to come up to your desk and say,
“What are you doing? I see you’re breathing there.”
Q: You say that leaders can inspire
and energize their employees by giving them appreciation. How should you
do that without coming across as cheesy or handing out the obligatory
“employee of the month”?
The most powerful way is to make it a cultural value. There’s a
principle in psychology that “bad” is stronger than “good,” in which we
default to noticing what’s wrong and we are much less likely to focus on
what’s right. But if you’re a leader or a manager, think of the feeling
of being valued as a critical source of nutrition for human beings. It’s
a food and people need it to thrive.
That’s not to say they should be praised for things that don’t deserve
to be praised. But it is to say that it serves not just an employee
well, but a manager or leader well to be really alert to where there is
a reason to appreciate and recognize another person – not as an employee
of the month, but as an employee of the minute.
Q: Do you get much resistance to your
We are arguing for a genuinely new paradigm in work. We’re saying two
- We’re saying to employers, “Don’t worry about
the number of hours your employees work; worry about the value they
produce and let them figure out how to do that” and
- “Stop trying to get more out of your people and focus
more on investing in them.”
Those are pretty challenging ideas for organizations, so yes, we do run
up to resistance.
But here’s what’s fascinating:
The most progressive organizations in the
world, companies like Google and Sony Pictures and Ford, are embracing
the work we do, and many of the companies that need us most are less
interested in what we do.
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With the coming of the information age a fad called multi-tasking was
also born. Somehow it was perceived efficient to be able to do many
things at the same time; read your emails, talk with your spouse, eat
bubblegum while walking…
The reason I call multi-tasking a fad is that
research shows that multi-tasking is actually detrimental to
productivity, and apparently can be
worse on your IQ than pot smoking.
How about that?
Instead of concentrating on doing many different things at the same
time, you should choose a single important task and immerse yourself
completely in it. This approach has been paraded in multiple
productivity blogs and books, including here at
the real power of human mind is the ability to focus on single things
for extended periods of time.
When and if that focus is interrupted, it
may take up to 25 minutes to regain it. And if those interruptions
happen multiple times a day, it shouldn’t be too difficult to see how
disastrous this is to productivity.
In order to be able to take advantage of this remarkable power of focus,
you need to first eliminate distractions. This means finding an
environment that does not interrupt you, putting your mobile phone on
silent and away from sight, closing Facebook, email, twitter, and
instant messaging programs.
Ultradian Rhythms and Peak Performance
I assume most people who follow
Lateral Action are aware of the
importance of single-tasking and being able to focus on one specific
thing without interruptions. However, these concepts and their benefits
can be taken even further with the use of Ultradian Rhythms, meaning
natural bodily rhythms that occur at intervals of less than 24 hours.
practice, most people experience this by feeling energized for an hour
or two, and then rather quickly their minds start to wander, they feel
drowsy, and unfocused. This is evident in feeling full of energy in the
morning at work, getting things done, but in the afternoon you suddenly
find it hard to concentrate on anything.
I myself experience Ultradian Rhythms very very powerfully after work and
late at night.
Everytime I get home from work I feel too spent to do
anything, but about an hour later I’m already feeling a lot better and
find myself engaged in some activity. Then, around 8-9pm I am tired
enough to fall asleep, but because it’s not that late yet I struggle to
stay awake. After 10pm I’m again so full of energy that it’s impossible
to even think about going to bed.
The trick is to learn to harness these
periods of high energy for productive purposes, and also
to learn to
wind down, relax, and replenish your energy during the “down” times.
How to Harness Your Ultradian Rhythms for Maximum Effectiveness
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For most people Ultradian Rhythms occur at intervals of 90-120 minutes
throughout the whole day, during which they feel energized and are able
to get things done. This is followed by a 30 minute stretch of low
energy levels. Then the cycle starts again and you’re on your way
towards another period of peak performance.
How you can take advantage
of this, is to set a timer when you start your work to, say, 50 minutes
and use those 50 minutes to fully engage in one important activity.
After the 50 minutes are up, set the timer for 10 minutes during which
you can take a break from whatever you were doing.
Then set yourself
another 50 minute block of uninterrupted time, after which you can enjoy
a longer 30 minute break. The ability to focus is like a muscle, and by
training it this way you actually become better at it, and focusing on
whatever you are engaged in becomes easier over time.
However, being great at immersing yourself in the task at hand is only
one side of the coin. It is just as important to actively disengage
yourself during the breaks as it is to focus on doing something.
able to unfocus this way is a hugely unrated skill, but
disengagement from the task at hand is at the heart of being able to
rest and properly replenish your energy levels.
There are three channels of activity that we humans have. Those are
- the physical, and
- the emotional.
When you are taking a break,
it’s important to change channel. If you’ve been engaged in an activity
that requires a lot of thinking and brainwork, the break should
disengage you from the cognitive channel. This can be done by e.g. going
for a walk, doing some yoga, meditating, playing with your children, or
even taking a 20 minute powernap, which happens to be my personal
favorite. tyle="color: #FF0000">A great way to consciously engage the emotional channel is through
music. It has the wonderful quality of invoking our emotions. In a way,
we don’t play music, but music plays us. Choose a few songs that
resonate strongly with you, turn up to the volume on your speakers or
headphones, close your eyes, relax, and simply experience the music flow
through you. As an example,
Life is Wonderful by Jason Mraz never fails
to put a smile on my face, making me feel grateful just to be alive, and
When Things Explode by UNKLE and Ian Astbury is simply epic.
It is reassuring to know, that even if you are tired and spent now, you
will feel energized again after the break – but you need to let yourself
to take the break. And this may be harder than it sounds. Especially for
ByBy timing the blocks of uninterrupted time you are already making a pact
with yourself; agreeing that this period will be used in full engagement
in one important task.
So whenever you get those impulses to check
instant messaging, email, or some news sites, you can say to yourself
“later, I will do that during the break.”
Or you can even assign an hour
a day for things that require multi-tasking, such as making some phone
calls, responding to email, or anything else that does not require full
focus and consists of small tasks that can be batched together.
Energy Is More Important than Timer
The most important message here is, that omething, but how much energy you have for doing it
that matters. .
And for this to work, you need to be aware of how you
feel. You need to understand that your body needs rest instead of
violently pushing through that feeling by taking yet another cup of
coffee or eating a powerbar.
By acknowledging and accepting that you
have these natural bodily rhythms of high and low energy, you can take
comfort from the fact that after taking a break you will be full of
energy again, and can continue your work.
What I want to also emphasize is, that you really need to learn to
listen to your body. Even if you use the 50+10/50+30 minute system – or
any other one – you can never be sure at which point of the
Cycle you are when you start the timer in the beginning of a workday, or
after returning from a lunch.
So when you feel drowsy, your mind starts
to wander, and it seems difficult to focus,
take that 30 minute break
with full understanding that the feeling of drowsiness is just
temporary. And after the break you can start your timer again from the
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the natural ‘trance cycle'...
You may have heard of the ‘Circadian rhythm' the daily bodily cycle that
regulates our ‘awakeness' during the day and night. The Circadian rhythm
is the reason that we feel like getting up in the morning (hopefully !)
and what causes us to feel sleepy at bed time. ircadian rhythm occurs once a day, ultradian rhythms happen more than
once. One ultradian rhythm has been shown to moderate the ‘hemispheric
dominance' within the brain.
Although the exact function and interplay of the 2 hemispheres is as yet
unknown, we do know that the left hemisphere is more specialised for
linear, logical thought and communication, and the right is more active
when we are relaxed, dreaming and in hypnosis.
If not too stressed, you will have, after getting out of bed in the
morning, around 90 to 120 minutes more focused attention followed by a
20 minute period of lesser focus. This is often experienced as
During this 20 minute period you are more likely to feel sleepy or ‘day
dreamy' This is often the time that people take a break, grab a coffee
or smoke a cigarette as a way to try and cheat this natural break.
However, since it has been shown that taking advantage of this natural
rhythm has profound physical and mental health benefits, it is a better
idea to do what your brain is asking you to do - Relax!
Hence the creation of ‘power naps' and their adoption by progressive
Unsurprisingly, in workplaces where regular breaks are encouraged,
productivity increases and rates of sickness drop.
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