I had 137 pages to proofread and edit and my deadline was in 3 days. I knew I had to burn the midnight oil to make this happen.
The first night, after Azzalea went to bed, I got started. The words were spinning in my head. I was mixing the lines and wasn’t able to understand anything I read. I was clearly tired from a long day. With not even 10 pages in, I decided to call it a day. It was that or risking making major errors due to my tiredness.
On the second day, I was tired even before dinner. And the thought of staying up late again left me upset. Had a chat with my father and here was his advise.
“Go to sleep early and get up early to start working. Your body needs to rest. Rest, then start again.”
And so I did. I hit the sack at 10p.m. and woke up at 2a.m. to start working all the way to 6a.m. Guess what! I got more done in that 4 hours than ever did when I stayed up till 2a.m.! I finished proofreading and editing the 137 pages in 3 days!
It’s amazing what rest does to the body and mind. I slept for 4 hours. Whether it was staying up till 2 or waking up at 2, I was only sleeping for 4 hours. But resting first before continuing to work did the trick.
So rest up folks. Especially when things get hectic, get some rest. When there is a lot to do, the mind is cluttered. This is exactly where we tend to misjudge and make many wrong decisions that can lead to severe consequences. So let the mind stop for a while and watch it work wonders once it’s rested. If you can’t afford a 4 hour rest, take a 1 hour break. Bottom line is, stop and get some rest. That brilliant brain deserves to refresh and reset.