This has been a very long, very busy year. I have developed the pattern of getting up early and going to bed late, averaging around 5 hours of sleep a night. My coffee consumption has increased considerably as I pushed through my busy schedule.
I didn’t realize how exhausted I really was until I commenced vacation and found myself catch up sleeping 9 – 10 hours every night. Then I noticed my coffee consumption dropped, my thinking became more clear and my creativity returned. I realized that my exhaustion was clouding my thinking and had dulled my ability to think beyond the present.
There is absolutely no question I perform best when I am rested. It becomes a question of whether I want my output to be focused on quantity or quality? 2019 was the year of quantity, completing the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy while working full-time as a CEO and serving when I could as an Episcopal Priest. I am not proud of it, but my family suffered from all my frenetic activity.
2020 will be the year of quality, being the best father, husband, and friend I can be. Bringing my A-game to my work as CEO and becoming an excellent Sheriff’s Deputy.
I need to recognize the early signs of exhaustion and take the steps to rest up and maintain my focus on quality output.
Bring on 2020!