Have you heard the statistic made famous by Malcolm Gladwell, that 10,000 hours of practice will make you world-class in any endeavour. The study done on deliberate practice by Ericsson et al. also looked at deliberate rest and found that top performers got an average of an hour of sleep more per day than the average performers and were more mindful about how they chose to spend their downtime. Deliberate rest is fulfilling and makes our lives richer. The whole statistic to becoming world-class is: 10,000 hours of practice, 30,000 hours of sleep, and 12,500 hours of deliberate rest.
Now most of us aren’t necessarily deliberately practicing to become world-class at something but we certainly can borrow from this study and recognize that in order to be our best we need to start prioritizing deliberate rest and sleep just like the top performers.
With this in mind it isn’t surprising that time affluence is a bigger predictor of well-being than material affluence. What is time affluence? It is feeling that you have sufficient time to pursue activities that are personally meaningful, you have time to reflect, to plan, to daydream, to do something fun, and basically recharge your batteries. The opposite is of time affluence is time poverty, when we always feel rushed, stressed, and like we are trying to keep our heads above water. Which one sounds more familiar to you?