Ask people at the end of their workday how they’re doing, and most will say they’re tired. That’s a fair statement, after putting in a full day of labour –physical or mental – most of us are taxed.
Assessing our tiredness is a good way of gauging our engagement with our work. Work that leaves you exhausted can be both a great thing and a bad thing.
Good exhausted: You spend the day at work knowing what your company’s mission is, wanting to contribute to it, and knowing what you need to do in order to do so. You are then able to do that work without too many unnecessary distractions or conflicts. Work is streamlined to be efficient and effective. You are all in, 100% all day and go home tired, but satisfied with a day well-spent.
Bad exhausted: You spend the day at work not knowing the goals of the company and how your work contributes to them. Work is stressful and filled with conflicts. Work involves lots of busy work, roadblocks and limitations. Despite feeling tired at the end of the day, you are unsure if your time and energy actually made a difference at all.
When you are satisfied that you accomplished something in your day, tiredness is simply a by-product of a job well done, a badge of honour. When you feel like your day may have been wasted, tiredness can feel like salt in the wound.
The next time you clock out at the end of the day, take a moment to evaluate why you’re tired. Is it for the right reasons?