13. Exhausted? Take a nap

It sounds ridiculously simple. But, really, it’s not. I’ve been organising events since I was 16, and one thing that always seems to happen is that event-running leaves me crazy exhausted. Even if it’s a relatively peaceful and unproblematic, there’s always this feeling of needing to be on your toes. Often, it’s a really good idea, since you need to be ready if something goes wrong. At times, it’s pretty damn stupid, though.

I know how to do it, after all

The crazy thing is that I am quite good at doing it on other occasions. I regularly find myself at my desk at my office, feeling my eyelids droop and realising that I’m not really useful until I get some rest. Then I usually just let go of focus and take a nap in my chair (or on a sofa, if it’s really bad). It works like a charm, most of the time.

Most people thought I was mad

Afterwards, I had both teachers and co-students who were both astounded and outraged. Not because I’d left after spending around half of the time allotted. I was a decent writer, so no one was really surprised at that. No, they thought it was completely off the charts that I’d chosen to just sleep for half an hour during my exams.

I still suck at it during events

And yet, when it comes to events, I’m bad at sleeping, even when I could. Maybe it’s because being at an event is not a task (like an exam) or a reasonably stable situation (like being at the office). Maybe it’s because when I run events, there’s always the chance that something crazy will happen, and I feel that I need to be ready for that. I don’t know. I’m trying to get better at it, but it’s still not something I’m good enough at.

Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey & Founding Partner at The Global Institute For Thought Leadership. Author of 31 books.

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