Anyone would be lying if they said they have never felt sleepy at work. You feel your head getting heavier, your eyes getting droopier, your vision blurring, your speech slurring, and gravity really pulling you under. It’s happened to the best of us. And we’ve all succumbed to the forces of dreamland. The real question is, how to get away with it? Desperate times call for desperate measures, and what could be worse than giving excuses that even you know are terrible!
Let’s dive right in, lest anyone gets sleepy going through the introduction and decides to nod off at work without having an excuse ready.
1. I am sure you have watched the TV show “Sherlock”. Remember how he goes to his ‘mind palace’ to be able to think without disturbance? I was doing the exact same to figure out a solution to that problem you mentioned in today’s meeting. Yes, I’m not as brilliant as Sherlock, but I try.
2. Psychology has a term called “Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan” (read: SLEEP), that helps reduce work-related stress. It takes years of practice to learn it properly. Psychologists recommend 6-8 hours a day, plus a mandatory 1 hour at the workplace. I’m very dedicated.
3. At business school, we had a course on time-management. We were taught that regular power naps are important because they actually increase productivity. I concede that my power naps get a bit long at times, but I’m trying to perfect the art.
4. Did you notice the sound coming from the keyboard? If you put your ear real close to it, I think you might hear it too. Looks like it’s time to get all the systems repaired.
5. I have a terrible cold and had to take an anti-allergy pill after lunch. I think that put me to sleep. *sneeze*
Note: if you sneeze enough, you’ll drive everyone and their questions away!
6. So I spent about three hours last night dreaming about work, woke up in a cold sweat and didn’t go back to sleep. I’m compensating for the extra work hours right now.
Note: This one is if you have a really sharp tongue and aren’t afraid to use it!
7. I’m still billing the client for these hours. I’m trying to implement the strategy of working smart, not working hard, you see.
All jokes apart, sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy life. Sleep deprivation leads to lowered immunity, illness, mood disorders and severely reduced productivity. So take that time out and get a good night’s sleep. And when you are exhausted and burnt out with work, resort to taking a power nap to get your productivity back on track and your life back in order.