New 5-step guide to building your resilience

How Sleep and Self-Control Relate to Wasting Time at Work

The research on time wasting at work is sparse, but Dutch colleagues from the University of Amsterdam, Wendelien van Eerde and Merlijn Venus, recently made a new contribution. They hypothesized that high sleep quality (but not quantity) provides energy and necessary self-regulatory abilities so that we can work effectively. Low sleep quality would result in time wasting.

The interesting innovation in their study is that they next asked, is this true for everyone? Isn’t it possible that more “hardy” individuals might be able to push through sleep deprivation (low sleep quality the night before) and stay on task? To answer this question, they explored how self-control might be a resilience resource in the face of poor sleep quality.

They expected to see that there was an overall relation between low sleep quality and time wasting the next day, but that this would be moderated by self-control. They argued that when self-control was high, there would be less procrastination, even with low sleep quality…


New 5-step guide to building your resilience

In a world gone crazy, flexible, adaptive workplaces become ever more important.

While many companies focus on agility, it may actually be resilience that they need instead. It’s resilience that creates curiosity, innovation, and adaptability.

This is why Gina Brooks has published a short, 5-step guide to help you build your resilience. You can see it here.

Gina Brooks is an Australian expert on creating effective workplace cultures. She works with medium-to-large enterprises nationally to help them create sustainable transformation.

‘A company with resilient employees is one that engages better with its customers, and enjoys protracted, stable growth, even in the face of the unimaginable – such as when the trifecta of natural disasters, recession and political turmoil hits,’ Gina explained recently, in her article Resilience by any other name: Creating flexible, adaptive workplaces.

‘Resilience is important because resilient people get things done, no matter what.’

Even though resilience seems intangible, it can be learned, cultivated, and improved upon….


In the crusade against physician burnout, some preach ‘resilience.’ It’s not that simple

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Personal growth and developing resilience are core to the military’s mission. They should be part of medicine’s mission, too. Patrick Semansky/AP

During a recent run-in with burnout, my co-resident at a large teaching hospital in Boston proposed several small but tangible changes that would significantly improve her life as a physician, things like getting help with retrieving outside hospital records, securing prior authorizations for certain medications, and scheduling follow-up appointments at discharge. She was instead reminded that “these things are a part of our job, and we need to explore why everyone else is doing them fine and you are getting burned out because of them. For any line of work, you have to learn to cope with the negatives.”

She would feel better, she was told, if she could “be more resilient in difficult situations.”

What a load of nonsense….



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