There’s plenty of evidence that increased rest and renewal serve performance.
(…) consider the study that performance expert Anders Ericcson did of violinists at the Berlin Academy of Music. The best of the violinists practiced in sessions no longer than 90 minutes, and took a break in between each one.
The best violinists almost never practiced more than 4 ½ hours over a day. What they instinctively understood was the law of diminishing returns.
The top violinists also got an average of more than 8 hours of sleep a night, and took a 20-30 minute nap every afternoon. Over a week, they slept 16 hours more than the average American does.
(…) Stress isn’t the enemy in the workplace. Indeed, stress is the only means by which we can expand capacity. Just think about weightlifting. By stressing your muscles, and then recovering, you gradually build strength. Our real enemy at work is the absence of intermittent renewal.
As we are approaching the end of the term: by all means remember to recharge well between sprints of intense work! Tony Schwartz nails it pretty well in the article cited above. See also the highly recommendable “The Now Habit” by Neil Fiore (even more recommendable if you are – like this hyperactive, distractable educator of yours 🙂 – a little bit more than averagely challenged w/ self-organisation).
And with that said: go! go! go! and keep pushing your boundaries! Looking *so* forward to see these promising projects all of you have been developping refined, completed and finally ready to be experienced for real! 🙂