Confession time, I LOVE my work and I’ve been accused of being a workaholic. While my recent back surgery slowed me down a little, I’m energetic and I love being out and about.
I recently wrote about how I felt vulnerable ever since my surgery a few months ago. This week, I had my second surgery, and for the next week or so, I’ll be doing my very best to rest and recover (even with attending the Major League Baseball All-Star Game).
The truth is, I’m not used to resting. I’m used to always being on top of things: my various businesses, the people I serve and most importantly my family. But the way I’m going about it is too taxing.
Harvard Business Review shares a survey revealing that 42% of leaders only averaged 6 hours of sleep and less! That’s about my average.
Friends, Lack of sleep doesn’t just affect you—it also ends up affecting the people around you.
Sleep-deprived leaders are more irritable, short-tempered, and impatient—not good for your relationships. It’s all in the Harvard Business Review study.
In short, when the leader lacks sleep, the whole team pays the price.
What should you do?
Some people feel guilty about napping or sleeping for the recommended 8 hours. The truth is, just because you have available hours in a day, you don’t have to fill those with work. In your calendar try blocking “family time” and “read.” You’ll be much more like to do it.
Try it for one week. Let me know if it worked… even a little bit. Maybe we could hold each other accountable!
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