#045: The Second Different View On Time Management – The Importance of Sleep

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Live Life With Purpose Episode #045: The Second Different View On Time Management – Sleep

 

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The purpose of this podcast is for you to understand what issues might be present in your life and then you should be able to have takeaways to apply in your life and live a life with more purpose. So, what are we talking about today to help you achieve this? Sleep.

This topic is so important, that I am dedicating a podcast episode to it.

Sleep may be more important than you previously thought. I am seeing an increase on the belief that more sleep is a good thing, but for every person who thinks correctly about their need for sleep, there are five other people who brag that they can get by just fine with five hours of sleep or less. The mentality that less sleep allows for more time during the day is a false belief, because the energy that comes from having the correct amount of sleep for your body is used to be more effective in the hours of the day that you already have. It isn’t about creating more hours, it is more about increasing productivity within the hours that you already have.

There are countless studies out there stating the importance of sleep and how it can actually help you, and I am just going to reference one here.

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests there are six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

If this isn’t proof enough that sleep is beneficial to your life, then take the time to read a few more of the pro-sleep studies available to read that go in more depth on sleep cycles, how much sleep people actually need, and the importance of understanding REM sleep.

Here are three ways to find better sleep:

1. Wind down mentally without electronics.

2. Write down what is on your mind and get it out.

3. Don’t do too much close to bedtime.

If you don’t take my word for it or you don’t want to listen to Harvard’s research due to the belief that you keep too hectic of a schedule to get more sleep, then you may need to make the decision yourself to sleep more in order to be more productive, energetic, and effective. Don’t wait until exhaustion forces you to get more sleep. See the benefits and begin getting better sleep, today.

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A Relationship Worth Building? – Christina Faith

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We all want good relationships. Even those people that are extremely bad at relationships. You know the ones you want to run away from when they come around. I have learned that the people you avoid, that avoid you, or get on your last nerve, turn out to be the greatest asset to your personal growth.

We all have had those moments where we have wanted to run away from people. When I was in seminary, I met a person I truly didn’t care for. I can’t tell you today why I didn’t like her, but I just didn’t. Our dislike of one another ran deep. Our professor asked us to write three names on a paper, two people you wanted to be in a group with and one you did not want to be in group with. Months later we both discovered that we wrote each other’s name down as the person we did not want to be in a group with.

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Needless to say, I did not like her and she didn’t like me. We both had a fatal flaw. We judged the book by its cover. Our dislike of one another was purely based on personality. The problem was that neither of us understood how divinely connected we were. God was intentionlly using our location, professor and calling to set us up for a divine connection. This sister that I did not like ended up being the connection to the local church that I have been at for the last seven years. She was the sister that exposed my character issues. She was the sister that planned my wedding. She is also the sister who I now am able to confide in.

Often, we miss what God is doing due to our outward senses. If we would have allowed our personality differences to keep us from learning more about one another, we would have robbed ourselves of a great and growing relationship. The most important relationships are worth working on. I am sure you have someone in your life that you don’t quite care for at this moment, whether it’s a spouse, roommmate, friend, co-worker, client or sibling. I am here to suggest that those relationships that cause you the most pain and suffering are often the relationships that show you where you need help from God.

I was prideful, arrogant, agressive, conceided, and I needed help. I am sure that not all the people who rub you the wrong way will become your friend, but I am sure that God will use every ounce of the relationship to work the fruits of the Spirit in you. The Bible doesn’t say, “If you like a person be kind to them”. Jesus modeled for us our need to love our enemies and love others as ourselves.

We are called to lead with our lives by being light. We can’t be light while allowing our likes and dislikes to be our motivation for developing healthy relationships with others. Today, I encourage you to turn the mirror around from the other person to you. If you are struggling with caring for another, think of all the reasons that you can care for them instead of all the reasons that you dislike them. I promise you it will be well worth it.

How Creativity Works For The Rest of Us – Ryan Bonaparte

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Creativity is usually associated with “creative types,” those who professions and hobbies include art, music, design, etc. While it’s true that these people do rely heavily on their creative skills, there is room for a bit of creativity in everyone’s life.

I spend a lot of time looking around me and just observing, especially watching people. I look at the way people do their jobs, how they choose to park their cars, what they do when it unexpectedly starts to rain, you name it.

One of the consistent things I’ve noticed about people, is that people are unpredictable. Sure, if a parking lot is full, most people will decide to park elsewhere, but more often than not, people do unexpected things.

Why am I talking about parking cars and what does that have to do with creativity? Well, because even the most mundane act (parking) can be changed when creativity is applied to it. I’ve seen people create complex plans on positioning themselves to be optimally placed to grab the next available space. I have seen people come up with some of the most creative ways of accomplishing tedious tasks, while maintaining their sanity.

Really, when it comes down to it, we all have areas of our lives where a little creativity would go a long way. So, why not do that? Why not try something new and see how it turns out?

One of the things you start to realize when you try to add creativity to your life is that it builds on itself. The more you do it, the more naturally it comes. Soon you start to realize places where you thought you were stuck, that you now know how to work around.

The Challenge

So, I challenge each of you to think about something you do that you’ve taken for granted in that it’s the only way to do it. It could be something at your job, something for your family, or even just your commute. Once you have that thing, think of three different ways to do it. They don’t have to be major changes, or even be easier/better.

For me, the task that comes to mind is getting ready for work in the morning. Seems pretty trivial, but it’s something I do everyday and pretty much follows the same steps. As I think of three ways of changing that up (ex: setting clothes out at night, organizing my closet differently, setting the kettle to boil earlier), my mind keeps going and I’ve got even more to try out.

I bet that once you start to think of the three ways you can change a mundane task, you will come up with another few while you’re at it. Even more so, I think that you will start to realize that just the act of looking around you will get your brain working in better ways.

Creativity is an important part of growth and development, because it allows you to look at problems not as just problems, but as challenges that can be solved. The more you practice your creativity, the easier it will come to you in times of need.