Leadership and Management

Work Marathons

Work Marathons

Sometimes you need to work more than five days in a row. What are you going to do, cry about it?

It happens often in retail and hospitality, especially around holidays or just from having rotating or floating schedules. Long stretches also happen in other fields: quarter end for accountants, big cases for attorneys, big account crises for b2b sales professionals, etc.

Here’s what to expect for an 8 day or longer marathon:

Days 1 through 4: Traditional progression from “case of the Mondays” through “hump day.”

Day 5: Pretty tired, but it’s just your run-of-the-mill Friday level of tired.

Day 6: Beyond tired and moving towards drowsy and dopey most of the time. People begin to think less of you, you think. Hard time standing. Not making sense 100% of the time. Dropping things on the ground all day, like your phone.

Day 7: Exhausted. So tired you want to puke. Periodic panic attacks. Start seeing cross-eyed as people tell you the most boring stories ever. When driving, you suddenly snap out of a long staring session, and you have no idea how you got where you are.

Days 8 to infinity: You turn into a robot. You’re now strangely re-energized and galvanized. You work sharply and speedy, and you feel like you’ll never need another day off ever again. In fact, you don’t even want a day off. You’re now the cyborg they wanted you to be.

See, that wasn’t so bad.

Welcome to my blog. I have been a manager for fifteen years, and for the past five years I have been leading teams of 500 people or more as a director and VP for large growth companies. I share my leadership journey and thoughts here with the hopes of helping and inspiring other leaders.

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