May 9, 2017 Milwaukee Police Awards Banquet.
How to Be Productive When You’re Tired
by Brian Benedict
What do all these guys have in common?
Consistency. Courage. The ability to make a difference.
One truth is police and firefighters are extremely hard workers. Most of them have several side jobs in addition to their careers. Regardless whether its mowing, roofing or protecting our own with insurance products we do all this on empty tanks and embers.
Remember, your neighbors only confront one or two emergencies in a lifetime. You’ve responded to that many before 9am. Add combating fatigue of mandatory overtime, running on fumes from side job and family obligations while keeping up high moral and maintaining professional attitudes and proficiencies.
So what’s a few tips to regenerate yourself after a long night of crazy calls and lack of sleep? What’s their secret to staying productive and motivated when faced with daily exhaustion? How can we kickstart ourselves when our shifts are filled with overdoses and adrenaline highs & lows.
How do you stay energized and inspired when the workaholic in us becomes robotic and numb?
It’s in the routine.
Productive people understand the necessity of regular breaks. That includes Phones but not fun.
Here’s a few tips to jumpstart your productiveness.
1. Are you always waking up in the middle of the night? Too much on your mind? Keep a note pad next to your bed. Each time your mind races and thinks of even the simplest project, write it down. Try it for a night. You’ll be amazed of the sleep you’ll get.
2. Write a to do list as soon as you wake up. If you’re like me you’re brain has thought of many things it would like to accomplish today. All the ideas are bundled up inside just waiting to be written down.
3. Prioritize the list that you’ve just written. Circle, star, number or however you feel like prioritizing, just do it. Maybe it’s prioritizing by importance, maybe its prioritizing by driving route. Which ever is the best case for you will organize your day and smooth out your rough spots.
4. Do what you dislike first. If you get in the habit of doing the things you don’t want to do first it’ll make getting your daily to do’s finished quicker.
5. Organize your desk, files and clutter.
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