How to Have a Guilt-Free Rest To Be More Productive
December 3, 2018

I was blessed to had a series of speaking engagements to attend last November 2018 and for that very reason I missed out my #tuesdaysuccess live series.

So I shared a short post about resting and how it’s crucial for your success. Many of my followers have the same sentiment with this post. Since there is a common misconception that people think that if they are having enough time to rest, they are just being lazy. They don’t know that getting enough rest is necessary if you are going to navigate your way through life. How do you use rest to increase your productivity?


First, have enough sleep.

Sleeping is the most essential part of resting; it helps your body to restore itself. An adult should have at least 7-9 hours of sleep every day. According to Statistics, 46% of adults across the world stated that they are exhausted when they have less than 7 hours of sleep.

Most people work themselves throughout the entire night because they firmly believe that working through the night will lead to better results. However, sleep deprivation can cause decreased productivity.


Second, have a daily morning routine which includes daily meditation for at least 20 minutes (guided or quiet meditation), exercise and writing in my gratitude journal regularly.

Sleeping enough is not the only thing that you can do to improve your skills.

I always meditate every morning because it gives me a lot of benefits such as reducing stress and anxiety, boosts my mood and improves my sleep and health as well. There are a lot of benefits that you can get from meditation.

Some meditation tools or sources that I usually use are from Abraham Hicks, Mindvalley, Calm, and other mobile application. These are very powerful for grounding us all.

Aside from meditation, exercising for as little as 30 minutes per day can have a great impact on your career. Though you aren’t resting your body, it will help to give your mind a break from your stress. Exercising boosts your energy and improves how your brain performs in all the activities that you do. For me, I do a lot of walking. I know I haven’t really done formal exercise but I walk a lot.

One thing I don’t miss is reading Didache and the gospel for the day. And I journal. I write about the things I am grateful for – the things that happened the day before and what I am grateful for the coming day. I visualize the coming day in my mind and I thank the day even if it hasn’t even occurred.

Third, have hobbies.

You should have other hobbies that help you to relax because a hobby (that will boost your creativity) will help you to take your mind off of it for a little while. Sometimes you can get inspiration while doing another activity. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s something you will enjoy, because you must give your mind and body a chance to rest from your routine.

For me, I love to read books and cross stitch (yes you heard me – I still do this) and there are so many good books to read – Grit by Angele Dee Duckworth, Originals by Adam Grant, Start with the Why by Simon Sinek, Nudge and other books. Try my book too – Career Shift Follow Your Passion. My next book will be released in June 2019.


Forth, take time off once in a while.

Consistency is a major determinant of how successful you will be. Daily action helps you to build your talent. Some people spend up to 15 hours per day practicing the guitar. This can be very exhausting, though.

It is not enough to only get enough sleep or take breaks in between the time you are working or studying. You have to take a few days off every once in a while. Doing so helps you to increase the amount of energy that you can channel into your music when you resume practice.

I am excited to go on a 4-day staycation soon, Just me, My personal me time. I need it to rest and recharge!


Fifth, drop the electronic gadgets.

When resting, try as much as possible to reduce the amount of time you spend on your electronic devices. They can prevent you from resting. When you are about to sleep, stay off of your phone and avoid watching TV. Doing this will help you get to sleep more quickly and get a better rest.

They say that the new heroine is called digital cocaine. Are you addicted to your gadgets? When will we all stop touching our gadgets even for a day? We should. We must and we can.

Lastly, take rest seriously.

A common mistake that people make is that they do not take rest seriously. This leads to not resting enough, or at all. To rest more effectively, you should detach yourself from anything related to your work. When it is time to rest, do not look for reasons to do otherwise.


You should rest whenever you can because the key to success is neither to work hard nor to grind more but to work more effectively. This includes when you are working or studying. Resting will help you to achieve success in music, college, and business.

Remember, all of us have preparation days, work days and definitely REST days. The other days will be useless without REST. And rest is not just sleeping – but having a healthy lifestyle and exercising.


Written by Penny Bongato
Penny Bongato is the author of the book Ask for a Bigger Blanket and Career Shift, Follow Your Passion. She is also the first Filipino Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer and a Certified Canfield Methodology Trainer. She has trained more than 50,000 Filipinos on the success principles. She has also moderated several workshops and panel discussions.

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