How Entrepreneurs Can Use Tiredness to Their Advantage
Fatigue is never fun. Every task feels more daunting than it really is, and every conversation sounds like the volume is cranked up. In an ideal world, we would all get our recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but in a society with ample obligations, that’s not always possible. In fact, the average worker loses about 11 days of productivity each year due to poor sleeping habits. Tiredness is unfortunately something that everyone in the business world is well acquainted with.
Especially for entrepreneurs, quality sleep can be very hard to come by. When you’re in charge of building company and ensuring success and growth, free time can feel like a needle in a haystack — especially for those with kids and additional obligations at home.
However, rather than admit defeat when tired, many savvy (and desperate) entrepreneurs are using tiredness to their advantage. Using both scientific research and common sense, it’s entirely possible for any entrepreneurs to transform their fatigue from an inevitable obstacle to a prominent success.
Creativity Peaks When You’re Tired
A entrepreneurs has a pivotal role in molding a business’ future, specifically by using creativity and ingenuity to implement strategies and protocols that work. While a tired entrepreneurs may sound devoid of ideas, the fatigue can actually help the creative process.
Ron Friedman, author of the book The Best Place to Work, explains this in detail: “In order to be creative, sometimes you need to consider some ideas that don’t necessarily feel like they’re on track with what you’re trying to achieve. And so having all these ideas come into your mind because you’re not quite as good at putting them off when you’re tired can actually make you more creative.”
Distractions Can Inspire Creative Thinking
How many of your truly great ideas have come when you’re actually trying to formulate them — in a room without distraction? For many people, their greatest ideas seemingly come out of nowhere. This isn’t just some coincidence, either. Distractions can actually inspire creative thinking.
Fatigue can make distractions more prominent, as tiredness makes it more difficult to zoom in on one topic specifically. However, the “haphazard” mindset may actually result in a more lucrative creative core as a lack of focus on one thing can make it easier to take in a wider variety of information — thus making the creative juices flow.
Still, it’s very important to avoid fatigue when operating machinery or driving home, as tiredness poses many dangers outside the workplace that everyone should be aware of.
Napping Is a Very Good Thing
Entrepreneurs who find themselves fatigued during the day, after only a few hours sleep the night before, may find the urge to take nap. While “napping” has the stigma of being lazy or irresponsible, a 30-45 minute nap during the day has the clear potential to result in significantly more productivity throughout the rest of the day.
Why this potential boost in productivity? The power of a nap can be surprising. Resting your mind and body for just a short time can result in improvements across many cognitive areas. The most prominent is improved memory. A German research study revealed just that. The study was conducted with two groups — those who had taken a nap and those who had stayed awake — and results indicated much better memory demonstrations from the former group.
Why does memory improve with a nap? It appears sleep helps the hippo-campus, the portion of the brain responsible for memory consolidation and storage, be much more efficient and effective at consolidating information, making that information easier to access later.
Make a Fatigued Mind Work for You
Although many entrepreneurs cannot afford to devote 30-45 minutes per day to napping, those who can make the time have found it to be a refreshing and memory-boosting strategy that mentally equips them to handle the rest of the day.
However, if you can’t find time for a nap, fatigue can have its benefits, too. Try to stay as rested as possible, but if you are tired, let your creative juices flow.