6 Tips for an All-Nighter

In March 9, 2017
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Running a small business isn’t for the faint of heart — it oftentimes requires enormous personal sacrifice and constant hard work. From time to time, all-nighters may be part of the job description. If you find this to be the case in your line of work, this simple list of tips may be able to help you get through it all with some serious production and a sane head on your shoulders.

1. Easy on the Caffeine. We’ll be the first to admit, three cappuccinos can really make the prospect of an all-nighter seem a bit easier. Unfortunately, come 4am, this plan of attack can really backfire, as caffeine crashes are all too real. Taking a more moderate approach to caffeine can actually lead to a more consistent night’s work — even if it seems tough at first.
2. Teamwork. Speaking of 4am, productivity can really begin to decline as the night goes on, especially when you are working alone. Whenever possible, all-night-work should be done in teams, as this helps reduce the inevitable loss of focus and motivation that is going to occur in the wee hours of the morning.
3. Gamification. Speaking of focus, gamification has been shown to improve productivity a great deal. You can read about this (and other) productivity strategies in this previous Precise Payroll blog article.
4. Clear goals. Setting goals is always important — but it takes on a special significance when it comes to planning an all nighter. Goals are a great way to overcome distraction, which, as we have already mentioned, is a big threat to productive all-nighters.
5. Rest up. As much as you might wish otherwise, you are not a robot. If you hope to be productive for you all-nighter and beyond, a little rest beforehand and a little rest afterwards are both very important.
6. Don’t! Last but not least, it is worth pointing out that many all-nighters could effectively be replaced by a fairly-late night of work before hand and an early morning afterwards. Though this possibility might not seem as heroic, is it oftentimes more effective — and far more healthy. Just take a moment to ask yourself if an all-nighter is really the best solution for your situation!

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