Yes, absolutely. Physical exhaustion is a real issue facing many leaders today. Ask your peers about their workplaces. Ask the parents of young children. Ask the working class who provide care for aging parents.
As a general rule, sleeping seven hours a night should be a non-negotiable for 98% of humans. Not getting enough rest leads to seriously poor performance. #tldr #watchthevideo And even though we know better, we succumb to all the ubiquitous temptations. Traditionally TV… but now, I’d reckon a mobile device is more culpable.
In fact, many people are working so hard that they find themselves too tired to even enjoy the little time they allow themselves to relax. Personally, I’ve too often felt I needed a vacation from my vacations. (It could have something to do with how much I end up chasing the “Dam” boys around.) #dadlife
How many times have you finally made it to your couch at the end of a long day, only to see the first 5 minutes of your favorite program before falling fast asleep in some uncomfortable position and waking up a couple of hours later to drag yourself to bed? Although I’ve personally never had this happen to me, I’ve heard it happens to parents at staggering rates.
It is perplexing that the most efficient way to maintain our bodies does not require any exertion on our part - it’s actually the exact opposite. In consulting my Millennial leadership and management clients, I’ve learned that the notion of quieting oneself is counterintuitive to certain “driven” personality types.
Clearing your mind, and giving your thoughts a rest throughout the day offers a litany of benefits. And if you fail to give your brain a break, you are pointing the boat too high, and steering yourself right into burnout. Grab the tiller and fall off.
The downsides of burnout can pile-up quickly and overtaxing your faculties can result in behaviors that might include, but are not limited to being grumpy or irritable, acting like a jerk, being a tool 🙈, being annoying, and underperforming.
It’s bad for everyone else (your family and your coworkers, especially) when you’re tired, for the simple reason that your diminished capacity disallows you to perform. You are NOT your best and it’s not your best work.
Your body, as opposed to your brain, has strong physical indicators and warning systems that alert you to any serious problems. If you overwork your legs, you’ll get shin splints or aches. When you’ve got shin splints, it’s hard to run. This reinforces the necessity to rest.
How much rest is enough? Your brain likely needs even more than your body.
But instead of getting a little shut-eye, what we usually do next, and which almost always exacerbates the issue, is self-medicate with caffeine...or worse.
Your brain and your mental capacity have no real physical pain indication system. This pain is typically not a direct indicator of exhaustion.
In terms of brain burnout warnings, there aren’t a whole lot of indicators besides sleepiness, drowsiness, lack of concentration and again…perhaps acting cranky.
Maybe you’ve heard that doing things like driving while drowsy is just as bad as driving under the influence, but evaluating that state from a professional “performance” perspective, it might actually be worse.
If you’ve been awake for more than 18 hours, you are operating at about the equivalent of what is considered legally intoxicated. But even worse, tests measuring the accuracy of judgment and coordination revealed that drowsy subjects performed significantly worse than those inebriated.
The bottom line is--and you should mention this to your young and ambitious team-- that if you wouldn’t show up to work drunk (only drummers in rock bands get this perk), you should really consider how your effort will be undermined by a reduced mental and physical capacity.
As a final word, this is all easy to talk about but much harder to execute...Good luck and get some rest.
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