The art of working without sleep

Is it anything like Sun Tzu? It feels like it.

I’ve just got off the ‘night shift’ and am bloody knackered. How do people concentrate at work with only a few hours of (broken) sleep? And why do kids not sleep when you need them to? (Is this one even worth attempting an answer)

We need to take care of the caffeine intake so any more than 2-3 coffees is a no-no (especially at London prices). Berocca? Avoiding meetings all together? (I have actually done this once. Using various excuses and my lack of sleep migraine was rendering me useless and five minutes behind any conversation).

Falling asleep on the train journey into work is the worst as you just wake up red-eyed and groggy, feeling worse than you did before. Trying to get 15 mins in a meeting room is just too fraught with the ‘will someone walk in and see me sprawled across some chairs and think I’m having a breakdown’ question.

Staying hydrated and watching the carbs is all good but how do you really engage your brain and still bring your A-game to work – even if its for a smaller duration than a ‘normal’ day?

Then there is the journey back home, the inevitable falling asleep into the Evening Standard sports section and then the chaos that is two kids tired and not wanting to go to sleep.

Answers on a post card..


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  1. I’ve actually been passed over for a promotion due to being ‘inconsistent’. I should have asked them how they could be ‘consistent’ whilst averaging 5 hours sleep nightly. Mo’fos.


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