From the editor:

Over the years, in pursuit of building my dream career, I’ve embraced the idea that as long as you’re working towards or achieving everything you want to, it’s OK to work yourself to the point of burn out.

In recent years there have been times when I’ve regularly forgone sleep in favour of work. I’ve always been perfectly happy to do this as long as it meant I was getting stuff done, but we all know how detrimental overwork and a lack of sleep can be to our health.

Society and social media have long pushed the ‘hustle harder’ approach especially for aspiring or established entrepreneurs – #teamnosleep anyone?

However, I’ve recently noticed a shift in attitudes towards this way of thinking which has forced me to reconsider my priorities. Do I really want to run my own business one day if it means I have to sacrifice something as basic yet crucial as sleep? Let alone time for things like family, socialising and self-care. 

Instead of shunning sleep, I now hear more about the importance of finding balance which I welcome with a huge sigh of relief. It’s too early to tell how this will manifest itself in my life day-to-day, but it’s now something that I keep at the forefront of my mind. 

Are you a team-no-sleeper or a bonafide balancer?

Posted by:Carly Lewis-Oduntan

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