We’re tired of hearing people tell us how tired they are.
No matter the industry or profession, when you ask people how they’re doing, many respond with “I’m tired.” Of course, sleepiness is a chronic problem: some 76 percent of employees report feeling fatigued during much of the week, 30 percent were dissatisfied with how little they were sleeping, and 56 million Americans have suffered insomnia.
Exhaustion is a plague on the workforce. And so is talking about it: “I’m tired” is a common refrain in offices around the world. Just like you shouldn’t tell others that you’re so busy, it’s not a good idea to tell people you’re so tired.
It shuts down the conversation
When you harp on about your tiredness, few if any will ask you follow up questions, and you will miss an opportunity to deepen and further a relationship.
You might sound bored or lazy
Tired people don’t come across as excited or motivated. By saying you’re tired, you might be telling your colleagues and friends that you are uninspired and unchallenged at work. If you found your job energizing, you would be singing a different tune.
Furthermore, if you are always talking about how tired you are, people could start to think you are lazy. They won’t want to give you additional assignments because they don’t believe you are driven or enthusiastic. People want to be around folks with good and infectious energy.
It shows you’re not working smart
Your savvy and shrewd colleagues are the ones who have achieved a balance between their professional and personal lives.
The smart and successful workers have figured out how to thrive in demanding careers, while not feeling tired — and not blathering about it.
Commentary by Deepak Chopra and Kabir Sehgal
Kabir Sehgal is a New York Times best-selling author. He is a former vice president at JPMorgan Chase, multi-Grammy Award winner and U.S. Navy veteran. Chopra and Sehgal are the co-creators of Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome, inspired by American immigrants.