Apparently, too much sleep can make you tired.
Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing! I’ve drawn the winners and will be emailing them today.
Thanks again, and thanks for reading!
I’ve never done something like this before, and am actually kind of hesitant. But some people that I respect do this on their blogs once in a while and I think it might be kind of fun, so I’m going to give it a try.
Here are the rules:
- Subscribe to the blog before the end of tomorrow (Wed, Oct 28).
- Contact me and tell me that you subscribed.
- If you are already a subscriber, mention this blog to some friends, contact me, and I’ll enter you into the drawing as well. (If you are a new subscriber, you can do this as well, and I’ll enter you twice.)
- I’ll draw 2 winners, email them back to ask them their address, and send them each 2 free books.
The two books will be:
1. The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees) by Patrick Lencioni.
I picked this book because everyone can relate to a miserable job and Lencioni provides great points here on how to make your job (and, if you are a manager, those of your employees) more rewarding and fulfilling.
The first part of the book is a fictional story, and the second part lays out the concepts. This was the first Lencioni book that I read, and I found it very refreshing.
2. Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve found Marcus Buckingham to be one of the most helpful and insightful business thinkers around. His focus is how to discover your strengths and base your role on them rather than on “fixing your weaknesses.” It is a revolutionary insight and has tons of implications outside of work as well.
Here’s the first part of the blurb for this book:
Beginning with the million-copy bestsellers First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham jump-started the strengths movement that is now sweeping the work world, from business to government to education. Now that the movement is in full swing, Buckingham’s new book answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strngths for maximum success at work?
From Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive:
There are indeed no great men to their valets. But the laugh is on the valet. He sees, inevitably, all the traits that are not relevant, all the traits that have nothing to do with the specific task for which a man has been called on the stage of history.
A few years ago I heard someone say: “Every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two, and every hour of work before noon is worth two.”
That’s a pretty good principle in general. It would need to be nuanced, of course, when it comes to those who are naturally most productive late at night. But as a general statement, it points to the high productive value of making the most of the morning.
Although maybe you could have the best of both worlds. If you went to bed at 9 pm, you’d have six hours of sleep by midnight and could then get up, ready to attack the day…
Following up on a post yesterday which made the point that too much of a concern for efficiency can undermine effectiveness, here is a tragic example where efficiency destroyed effectiveness.
Apparently there are some “lost tapes” which preserve the highest-quality raw feed from the moon landing in July 1969. Recently there were rumors that the tapes may have been found. But when NASA recently released some restored footage of the landing, the lost tapes were not among them.
Turns out that the tapes with this footage were most likely erased. Why? From an article on the moon landings on Fox News:
The original videos beamed to earth were stored on giant reels of tapes that each contained 15 minutes of video, along with 13 other channels of live data from the moon.
In the 1970s and 1980s, NASA had a shortage of the tapes and erased about 200,000 and reused them. That’s apparently what happened to the famous moon landing footage.
So in an effort to conserve tapes, the clearest footage of one of the most significant cultural achievements in history was accidentally erased.
Clearly the tapes were not erased on purpose. But that’s the damage often wreaked by the mindset of over-efficiency (even when justified by apparently significant factors, such as a shortage of tapes in this case): mistakes get made and critical, important things are often sacrificed in the charge.
What’s more effective — getting up early or staying up late? Or both?
I commend to you the best, most flavorful way to eat an Oreo cookie: Hold it under water for about 8 seconds. This makes it way better.
Update: Yes, this is definitely an unconventional method. Some of you may want to slot this under “what’s not best.” But if you give it a try, you might be surprised!