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Too Tired to Work Smart


Too Tired to Work Smart

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Andy Warren
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Very interesting!!

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Would anyone admit that he is too tired to work smart?
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Good point, the article, especially for getting conscious of the state you're in.

I just miss one important consequence and some suggestions for a solution.

Take care of your health, otherwise not only your body suffers, but also your reputation. Which results in less jobs, perhaps lack of money, sorrows grow and body suffers even more.

Be smart and limit your daily work time. One hour break or private time. A specialist is effective for six hours a day; two more she or he needs for communication. AND THEN GO HOME!

If you need to educate yourself: Don't even try to do it in the office. Other people won't let you.

If people stay more then ten hours a day in the office over more than a week: PM failed. And they try to solve their problems by spoiling their resources...

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You are so right! Everyone sometimes or other hits this phase. When mind is tired and can't think of anything new or it cannot see what is the problem.

We need to give it a break like they do on TV.

Just relax. Go far a small walk. Fool around do whatever it takes for you to relax.

Once your mind is relaxed and it knows it's free. it doesn't have to solve that problem, then and only then it suddenly feels free and suddenly you'll know the solution and running back to machine to implement or try out the new found solution!

Keep up the good work.

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Jack:-)
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Watching your breath also helps you relax quickly.
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I recently said that I was too tired to continue during a project planning meeting stating that my input at this point would be flawed. It was a pretty informal meeting but I had been working 12 hours solid* without a break except the necessary and to the drinks vending machine a couple of times. The same was true for another couple of guys there. The response I got from the most senior team member was "OK" then he carried on regardless. "Brilliant" I sarcastically thought. We then produced a whole set of estimates which were later found to be underestimating the effort required. The most senior team member has now had to take indefinite leave due to stress and the project has now been canceled.

I'll leave it to my fellow forum members to draw their own conclusions.

* I used to be able to do more without breaking into a sweat but ho-hum.

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Sometimes a short break can do wonders, but sometimes you just need more.

I remember working on an update team for a large system. Our team was spread across our state and I was the only DBA. There were multiple large databases in excess of 500 GB and these were mirrored to that application's SQL DR server. I had stopped mirroring on all of the databases and created database snapshots prior to the upgrade. The upgrade failed and I had to restore from the snapshots.

It was already after 3:30 AM and I had been up since 6 AM the previous day. I recognized that I was too tired to be effective and might actually become a liability to the process. My sight was failing and I had a difficult time reading my display. (Being diabetic does not help either.)

I used the "tag team" approach. I contacted one of the other two DBAs, explained the situation and he was able to finish things up.

Do I wish I could have handled the entire operation myself? Yes. But there was a high probability that I would have made a mistake. In this case I was lucky enough that a team member was able to jump in and assist.

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Been there, done that, wore out the t-shirt years ago!

One problem with calling the "too tired to think straight" issue is that you're too tired to think straight, and lose part of the ability to judge your own level of impairment. Same thing happens when people hit a certain level of drunkenness - they think they're fine as they stagger into their car and drive off the wrong way on the highway. (Sleep deprivation doesn't usually go that far, but it can after a few days. Different tollerances for different people, of course.)

I used to have tricks for dealing with sleep deprivation issues when I used to routinely do 3 and 5 day shifts regularly. (It's a long story why I was doing those.) Nowadays, quite a few birthdays later, I can barely stay up past about 4 AM without getting so mentally foggy I can't operate.

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Well.... now you know why Mickeysoft is shipping American jobs overseas to China. They pay them dirt and work them until they fall asleep. Check out this link if you don't believe it. Good ole Mickeysoft! :-D

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1266643/Microsofts-Chinese-workforce-tired-stay-awake.html

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There is no real reason to work long hours until you are exhausted. Several serious studies done independently -- the latest one by the British BAE Vickers, if I remember correctly-- show that after two weeks of overtime your productivity falls and you will get done no more than you would get done in eight honest hours with rest.
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