Career checklist despite insomnia: as Marissa Mayer and Einstein


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By Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is handed down that she needs only four to six hours of sleep per night - with less, however, she even collapses in business. Napoleon, too, was said to have done four hours. Albert Einstein, however, needed 12 hours of sleep per night. But what do you do when you have to go to work despite your lack of sleep?

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Too little sleep is unhealthy

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Sleep is important, because in your body and brain regenerate. It is therefore astonishing that the health, energy and thus career-promoting effect of sleep is often underestimated:

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It almost seems as if a regular competition has burnt in the management, who can blow through the longest without sleeping. Various deaths, which are due to exhaustion and lack of sleep, announce this.

Who sleeps well, decides better

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Social psychologists Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy reported in the Harvard Business Review blog (unfortunately the article is no longer available) from an experiment: The participants had to decide about an autocout. They were presented with a lot of positive but not relevant aspects of the car, as well as few but important information.

The participants, who had to decide immediately, decided on the majority for the car with the most positive attributes - although these were unimportant. Participants who dealt with something else in between made the better decisions: they decided on the basis of the relevant criteria. From these insights, Bos and Cuddy deduce three steps to make better decisions:

  1. Obtaining all the necessary information and acquires the facts.
  2. Sleeps over it. That means you give your brain time to process the collected information.
  3. Our subconscious mind can handle large amounts of information, but is not very accurate. So, the next morning, the facts have to be checked again: For example, are any rules violated in my decisions?

Tips for working despite insomnia

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But what can you do if it just does not work with sleeping? If one strikes the night just now in the summer because of brightness and heat, but then nevertheless the next day as fresh as possible and rested in the office to appear? Some tips:

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  • Have breakfast and drink coffee: The body needs energy to start in the day. Therefore, do not skip the breakfast. And coffee helps to stay awake. Just do not exaggerate.
  • Lots of fresh air If you're tired and unfocused at work, it's a good idea to get out in the fresh air in between to be more alert.
  • The most important tasks first: Actually, a tip that should always be heeded, but especially he applies with akkutem lack of sleep: Work the most important things first, as long as you are still reasonably fresh. Later in the day you will probably become even more tired and unfocused.
  • Light lunch: Of course, the notorious Schnitzelkoma beats even more mercilessly, if they are already struck anyway. So treat yourself to a light lunch so you can continue working in the afternoon.
  • Powernapping helps: If possible, treat yourself to a short sleep of about 20 minutes. Studies have shown that this helps very well to regenerate. Sleep under the desk, in the conference room, with your head on the keyboard - or outside in the park.
  • Prioritize appointments: Think carefully: Are all the meetings that you need so much during the day or can you cancel them? If the answer is yes, then you should do that, because the meeting with other people usually costs valuable energy.
  • Only routine in the afternoon: In the afternoon, your concentration curve is likely to be at a low point, so you should plan for routines that you do not need to think much about. If nothing else is possible, you can only simulate work. Marissa Mayer, too, is at last confronted with the fact that she almost fell head-to-head with dinner.


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