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Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative

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Published on Nov 16, 2012

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Time is finite, but we act as if it were otherwise, assuming that longer hours always lead to increased productivity. But in reality our bodies are designed to pulse and pause - to expend energy and then renew it. In this revelatory talk, energy expert Tony Schwartz debunks common productivity myths and shows us how to regain control over our energy so we can produce great work.

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0:14 3 questions
1:28 we take capacity for granted
2:16 the only resources that last are ones we renew
4:03 time is finite
5:44 3 things about energy that are exciting
5:59 you can make more energy
6:31 expand/renew your energy
6:43 learn to manage more energy more skillfully and efficiently
8:18 4 sources of energy in your being
10:48 when you do something that you think matters, you bring more energy to it
11:24 myth 1: the best way to get more work done is to work more hours
11:56 reality: more productive when we build intermittent renewal along the way
15:06 ennoble real renewal
16:54 ultradian rhythm
19:52 myth 2: one hour less of sleep will lead to one hour of productivity in your day
20:10 reality: small amounts of sleep deprivation impacts not only your health but your cognitive capacity and effectiveness
21:26 how much sleep do you need?
23:45 myth 3: it's the number of tasks we're capable of juggling simultaneously that determines how productive we are
24:39 reality: we're most efficient when we do one thing at a time...
29:11 ask yourself
29:40 paradigm shift


About Tony Schwartz

Tony Schwartz is founder and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus, and productivity by drawing on the science of high performance. Tony has written four bestselling books, including The Way We're Working Isn't Working, published in 2010, and The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr.

Tony has also published widely about leadership, engagement, and culture change. He was a reporter for the New York Times, an Associate Editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire magazines and a columnist for Fast Company. He co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump and also wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.

Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has done leadership work with senior executives at dozens of companies including Google, Apple, Sony, Ford, and Harvard Business School.


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