Key lifestyle habits that can help you do your best work.

Doing your best work, making good art, getting things done and crushing your goals require a rewarding investment of time and resources — we all prioritise different kinds of things to get what we want in life. Any type of achievement takes a lot of commitment and the right kind of hard work.

Anything worthwhile demands commitment, making difficult choices, giving up temporary goodness in exchange for lasting greatness.

If the pursuit of peak productivity is leading to burnout, you’re in trouble — your success is not worth your health. If your well-being is the price you are paying for your success, you are doing it wrong.

You owe it to yourself to give you quality sleep — your general performance depends on it. Don’t skimp on sleep — the extra time you invest in your work sometimes ends up being less effective anyway.

Sleep is the bedrock of good health. Without enough hours of restorative sleep, you can lose the mental edge you need to do your best work. Poor sleep can lead to poor mood. When you’re running low on sleep, can also have trouble holding onto and recalling details.

“Without good sleep, we see increased anxiety and stress. Sleep is restorative, helping you be more mentally energetic and productive,” advises Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas and author of Make Your Brain Smarter.

After a busy day, give your brain time to recover. Instead of buying products to solve your “low energy” problem, plan to get enough sleep. You actually are much more productive and can achieve a lot more things if you quality enough sleep. Proper rest sets you up for your peak performance.

If you haven’t slept well lately, do yourself a favour: stop taking stimulants (coffee/alcohol) at least four to six hours before you go to sleep, limit exposure to technology, and set the right conditions in your bedroom.

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Published on Medium April 16, 2020