When you are over-busy, harried, and stressed (as I'm guessing you are about now) -- you are paying a very steep tax on everything you do: You are less effective, less perceptive, less creative than you can be.
Nobody is exempt from the stress tax -- though most of us think we are: I can handle it. I thrive on stress.
The responsible thing to do is stop denying it and take action to de-stress.
Here are some great tips from the Veritus blog, at Donor-Centered Means Resting Your Brain:
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Do all the "hard stuff" right away in the morning.
- In the afternoon take a 10-20 minute nap.
- Every couple of hours get away from your desk.
- Take time to meditate or pray everyday.
- Take vacation.
- Don't take work home with you.
- Take a day off in the most hectic times of your work.
This stuff takes time that you probably feel you can't spare. Truth is, if you're not taking care of your brain, you're losing a lot more time than doing these things ever will.