Sleep on it

Updated: Feb 7, 2024

Let me sleep on it – my go-to response when struggling to find solutions.

I love this expression. It reminds me that a solution will invariably present itself when you’re well rested and a problem has been given satisfactory time and space. It also gives the recipient an idea of when you may have an answer. Win win.

It seems absurd to write a note about such a simple idea, but it’s easy to forget the importance of sleep, time and space. With very little effort, these three tools combine to give you a fresh perspective on things. And, ultimately, help you to identify the most appropriate way to move forward.

I rarely give these tools enough credit, particularly when it comes to work.

7/02/24: This morning I stumbled upon Sleep on it from 37signals. A similar sentiment, summarised far more eloquently than I ever could:

The end of the day has a way of convincing you what you’ve done is good, but the next morning has a way of telling you the truth. Even if you’re sure, sleep on it.

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