The past few weeks I’ve burned the candle at both ends. It’s not a complaint, just something that happens from time to time. Balancing work, family, book, friends, and everything else can be a challenge, and sometimes the only thing that can possibly give is sleep. Which is fine, until the ol’ brain starts grinding just to get into first gear (or doesn’t get into gear at all).
This morning I was there. Foggy. Under-rested. Struggling to string together a series of coherent thoughts. And tired. Just plain tired.
Part of me wanted to power through it and get things done, but by early afternoon fatigue won out. I lay down for a “quick” nap, and woke up almost 2 1/2 hours later. Energized, focused, and in a MUCH better mood. It was amazing.
Good for me, right? Yes, definitely. But maybe also good for you.
After years of studying the hiring game, it’s become clear that fatigue, stress, and fear are serious barriers to job search success. Being out of work or trying to make a transition can be a huge drain on mental and emotional resources, and the longer the process takes the more of a problem this can become.
Most people try to do the same thing I do – power through it – but is that really the best plan? Today I rested for a couple hours, got up, and accomplished more in the next few hours than I had in days. Coincidence? Probably not.
Mental acuity, focus, and just plain feeling good all have an impact on performance – a HUGE impact – and that shows up big time in the interview process. The next time you find yourself tired, cranky, stressed out, or otherwise off your game, consider taking a nice long nap instead of fighting your way through it. Sleep helps. Seriously. Give it a try.