Winding Up "Getting into a focused zone of productivity"
Winding Down " Going from that focused zone into relaxation"
Those who are naturally good at winding up seem more anxious. Driven by irrational but useful factors such as competition, work success, more money and status.
Its more obvious that those who are naturally good at winding down are more predisposed to be calm. More driven by work/life balance. They avoid over long work days and big swings in mood. Nobody gets the balance right.
Tim Ferriss is a good example of someone who has identified himself as a natural winding up guy who now spends a lot of time learning how to winding down. His podcasts address sleep, meditation, self reflection and he identifies himself as a highly driven, A Type personality.
When I think of a Winding Spectrum. I feel I'm 60/40 winding down vs winding up. And so I need systems to get good at winding up. For me these include, as many classes and mentoring sessions as possible. Often they force me to do some revision out of embarrassment and a feeling of wasting money.
I don't think the end goal is trying to get to 50/50. There are times when it might be worth sacrificing calm to get a project finished. Worth sacrificing sleep for an important public speaking gig. We often need a weeks holidays to counteract these periods of heightened stress.
My sense it that there is now more focus on winding down due the relentless distraction of smartphones. Meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices have become more popular in the last 10 years. https://www.google.ie/trends/explore?date=all&q=mindfulness
Winding up well seems to be less explored and worth exploring.