- Like we said earlier, if you just can't stop your mind from turning over a
problem, get it down on paper. I keep a notebook and a pen next to my bed for
this exact reason. It's a common psychological trick. Once you have physically
written something down, your mind thinks you've dealt with the problem, so it
can let it go. But it has to be physical. Don't use your phone and No
- Beds are for sleep. Remember also:
no TV, and definitely no business! Our minds are pattern recognition machines,
and when you use your bed for anything else, you're teaching your mind that it
can be used for more than just sleep.
- Unless you have no other option, don't turn to sleeping pills on a regular
basis. Sleeping pills will affect the hormone balance that contributes to a deep
and even sleep. This destroys your ability to sleep in the long term, even as
they fix the short-term problem, as well as giving you a whole host of long term-problems.
When you get a restful night's sleep, you are directly contributing to your
efficiency and effectiveness as a project manager, and vice versa. In a world
that only gets more competitive by the day, every advantage we can get for ourselves
should be taken. So next time you have the option to work for an hour or two instead
of getting a good night's rest, ask yourself:
Can you really afford to leave yourself sleep deprived?
2. And sex, of course.