When work becomes stressful, sometimes your first instinct is to sleep less and spend more time focusing on work. But in fact, the opposite approach is more likely to serve you well. When you're feeling overwhelmed at work, the best thing you can do is often come home, de-stress, and get a good night's sleep. Getting more sleep overall can improve your work day in a few ways.
When you're sleep deprived, you probably find it harder to focus on the task you're working on -- even if you don't realize it. You may stare off into space for a minute or two before getting back to what you were doing. Sometimes, you may jump from task to task because you're just too tired and overwhelmed to take a few minutes to plan your day. This lack of focus just causes you to feel more overwhelmed because you never feel like you're accomplishing anything.
When you get more sleep, you'll be able to focus better. You can complete one task, check it off the list, and move on to the next one. With this increased productivity, you will feel like you're getting somewhere. You'll have broken the endless cycle of stress and lack of focus.
When you don't get enough sleep, sometimes patience can wear thin, and working with others can feel like a burden. You may lose your patience when explaining processes to other employees, resulting in work being done improperly. Or, you may not have productive meetings because you find it challenging to interact with so many other people. When you get better sleep, you will find yourself feeling more patient. This will enable you to better delegate tasks and work on teams.
Better Emotional Stability
Working in a law office, you are bound to come across emotionally challenging situations. It's totally natural -- and human -- to feel compassion towards clients who are going through hard times. When you have not gotten enough sleep, however, it is easier to let these emotions clout your judgement and keep you from doing a good job. When you get more sleep, you will be more aware of and in control of your emotions. You can feel them without letting them get in the way.
Tonight, try going home and heading off to bed an hour early. Tomorrow's work day will go a lot smoother as a result.