When I’m tired:
I become irritable and harder to please
I see irrational flaws in others
I have difficulty concentrating
I have less patience and get frustrated easily
I’m less effective
The team suffers
Take a nap (Some think you should take one everyday.)
Exercise (My adrenaline and energy grows when I sweat.)
Change perspective by reading a book or watching or listening to something funny
Engage with motivating people
Take extended time away from my work
Evaluate my priorities, freeing myself for what’s most important
Call it a day and prepare for a better night’s rest
I’ve learned I’m not very helpful to the team when I’m extremely tired. Addressing it quickly makes me a better leader. Things aren’t likely to improve until I improve. Many leaders try to operate from an exhausted position and never realize they are the problem on the team.
Leader, be aware when you are the problem.
Don’t be afraid to admit you’re tired, leader. Most likely the team already knows it.
What happens when you’re tired…and what do you do about it?