Sleep deprivation – badge of honor?

Anyone who put in 70 hours week will be familiar with sleep deprivation, especially those young family with new born babies.  However, whether it is a necessity or not that’s another story.  For some of us, we can force ourselves to “buy” those extra time, so we can rest, and not sleep deprived.  If it’s a necessity then there really is not much we can do about.  What if it’s not?

Maybe the issue is deeper from just simply not having enough time to sleep.

A couple of things sprung into mind.  First, it’s a great excuse to make mistake when we’re sleep deprived.  Hey, we’ve done our best, we even loose sleep, a little bit of mistake is acceptable, right?  Second, it’s a great feeling being able to tell our friends how hard we work, we’re even starting to have amnesia, what a hard working fellow.  Finally, it’s a “badge of honor” for us.  It doesn’t feel right if we’re fresh all the time, we need to be sleepy and tired before we can feel our worth.

Sleep deprivation or emotional need?

Apparently brain alone is not enough

Entrepreneurs (successful ones) are always associated with great ideas, great management, leadership, and so on.  Mainly these attributes are related to their brains, and social skills.  There seems to be one particular attribute that most people often forget about: physical endurance.

Think about it, if you need to work 70-80 hours per week for the first few years, running all over the place trying to get finance, networking, not to mention doing all paperwork, logistic, and so on.  If you have problems running down the stairs then it might not be a suitable career choice.  I guess being entrepreneur can be thought of as some kind of professional sport in this case.  As time goes by, players get more skills, experiences, getting to know the playing fields and obviously can win more trophies.

So, proper rest and good food?  It might be the secret of successful entrepreneurs, they surely provide the extra “kick” for those long hours and late nights.

Happy eating (and sleep)…

Have you ever counted how many hours

Have you ever counted how many hours you actually work in a week?  Are they straight hours or are they all over the place?  They said one of the joy of being an entrepreneur is being able to work when you want to work.  Seems like what’s happening instead is you are able to work when you have to (i.e must be willing to do 24 hours shift, 365 days a year).

Maybe we should look at the whole things from different perspective.

More often than not entrepreneurs get into business not just because they love to be in business, but because they cannot help it.  So if you ask an entrepreneur how many hours he/she works in a week, most probably the answer will be somewhere in the vicinity of 70hrs (especially in the beginning of the venture).  Ask the same question to a busy executive and the answer will probably be similar.  The big difference is, an entrepreneur might tell you passionately about his/her business afterward, while a busy executive might tell you how underpaid and unappreciated he/she is.

So how many hours do we work in a week?  Before we go there let me tell you about this amazing business I’ve had in my mind.  You see, the market is now heading towards online and at the same time the world’s economy is getting globalized quickly.  Some type of businesses will thrive, so this idea in my mind is…sorry what was the question again?

Working hours?  Who cares…

Work/Life balance is one of the most researched

Work/Life balance is one of the most researched, discussed, and sought after goal by practically every working people in the world.  First question that popped up would be, “How to achieve the balance?”, obviously followed closely by the second one, “Have we achieved the balance?”.

First enforceable hours’ law emerged in US in 1874 where the boundary between work and life came into life.  Ever since then, the world became obsessed with this notion of separation, as if a person can change into his/her alter ego during ‘work’ hours (or during ‘life’ hours?).

I guess the real question is, “Do we really need the separation?”.

Maybe all of these work/life balance is just an excuse to hide behind a professional persona – “I am just doing my job” kind-a thing.  The only problem is off course, when the working person is in trouble the person who lives suffer as much, because guess what, they are both the same person.

Maybe we’re just looking for an avenue to escape – from our daily work, or maybe from our life?

Then can we really separate our business from our life?  Or is it just a desperate attempt to live a fuller life while in reality we really are living a half-lived life?

Work/Life balance, or just life.