Tips for Being Productive at Work When You’re Running on No Sleep

From The Muse

Step 1: Proofread Everything

When I say everything, I mean everything. That includes obvious things like reading the body of an email aloud before you hit send. Keeping your emails polished gives off the impression that you still have it together, and have enough resources to communicate effectively. No one will know if you spend an extra five minutes on everything you write, but they will notice if you skip this step.

Step 2: Only Write Things You’d Make Public

Before I hit send, I also double check the “to” field. Have you ever accidentally sent an email to the person you’re talk about instead of the intended recipient? Well, situations like this are all the more likely when you’re exhausted. Since you’re not at the top of your game, make sure absolutely everything you say reflects the best of you.

Step 3: Allow for Response Time

Speaking of not being at your best, there’s a higher likelihood your initial take on things won’t be your final take. Give everything some time to process and sink in. You’ll seem just as on top of things as ever as opposed to reacting to things.

Step 4: Save Tough Tasks for When You’re Better Rested

Give yourself a few minutes to think on whatever idea was stumping you earlier that day.


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