So, you’re starting your business, and you think that successful people work a minimum of 80 hours a week until they have it made.
Sleep? I’ll sleep when I’m dead, you say.
Not so fast. I could give you research that shows people stop working efficiently after 55 hours of work, I could show studies that link proper sleep to less stress and increased success, but I would rather give you my reasons, and I think they will apply to you, too.
- Tired People Are Grumps – I was reminded of this tonight while putting the beautiful friends above to sleep. With my wife’s school schedule, my business, and sleeping changes with a new bed, I have not gotten enough sleep, and it showed. If you do a business that needs customers (that’s allof them), then you should avoid both being too tired and too hungry. People don’t like you when you’re grumpy.
- Do Your Best – My first time taking the SAT in high school, I got a score 120 points below where I expected it, because I had only slept 4 hours the night before. Did it again with a good night’s sleep, got the score I was looking for. The difference between a world record performance and every one else is often a fraction of performance. Don’t let your addiction to action and lack of sleep keep you from being a world change.
- Why Are You An Entrepreneur? I have never ran into a human being who says “I want a job working all hours of the day for little pay.” People start businesses because they want freedom from that rat race, not to perpetuate it.
Now, I understand that sometimes a business is like a newborn, it keeps you up all night. But, just like our children, the business needs to grow up a little and sleep in its own room.
So you can rest to be your best.