Multi-task less, unwind more: you’ll feel better, and work better.

In a recent NYTimes article, “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive”, Sunday, February 10, 2013, Tony Schwartz (CEO of The Energy Project and author of “Be Excellent at Anything”), came out in favor of taking frequent breaks and naps, longer vacations, and working from home. Both in Schwartz’s own company and for his clients including Google and Coca-Cola, productivity rises when regular self-renewal is built into the work culture.

Doing one thing at a time is a way of getting more done with less stress. We also recommend a stroll in your local botanical gardens. In addition to being pretty and relaxing, botanical gardens also are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of rare and endangered plants like this Deppea Splendens, related to coffee, indigenous to Chiapas, Mexico, now probably extinct in the wild– and thriving at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.