Tiredness and the test of learning

I was tired at the end of a day recently. I could feel the impatience rising within.

But I had three things I’d planned to get done. And so I did.

The next morning, I realized that I had managed to make a mistake in each of the 3 things. One needed to be re-done. Another had produced sub-par results that I’d have to deal with for the next couple of days. The third was salvageable – not great, but fine for now.

“Don’t attempt to get stuff done when you are very tired” is a reminder I’ve written about more times than I can count. But it was still hard to remember it in the moment.

That’s the test of true learning though. When you’ve learnt something, you change how you operate – regardless of how challenging the circumstances might be.

I clearly haven’t learned this yet.