5 Things Our Military Can Teach Us About Life, Work and Sleep

It’s Memorial Day and that means it is time to brush off the grill, spray down the deck furniture, and start the summer season. It’s also a time of reflection and appreciation for our armed forces, to show our service men and women that we appreciate their sacrifice and diligence so that we can enjoy our freedom.

The military is a pillar of our country, with over 1,200,000 people in the active armed forces and another 800,000 in the reserve, it represents a huge part of our society. And just like any well-run unit, there are a lot of things that we can take from the military to apply to our own lives, our business, and even how we sleep. Here’s how you can apply the military way to your own life.

Take Time to Remember and Appreciate Those Around You

The military might be known for its hard-nosed attitude, but they always take the time to honor those who have served and the ones who have gone before them. They make sure to decorate, honor, and celebrate those who have done the hard work. It’s important to recognize good work in your personal and professional life too.

Make sure to note when someone has done a good job at work, honor their work, and let them know they are appreciated. It might seem like a little gesture, but it can go a long way in making sure that the work gets done. Hard work is more palatable when you know that everyone is working together for the benefit of the group — and even more so when there’s recognition for a job well done.

 

Exercise More for Better Performance on the Job

The military is all about physical fitness. Their PT is legendary in how it can reshape the body. That’s because they know that where the body goes, the mind will follow. If you’re feeling stressed about work and frazzled, maybe it’s time to take that stress out at the gym. It will give you an endorphin rush, help with sore muscles, and could even jog a memory which solves that pesky work problem you’ve been stewing on all day. A healthier body makes for a healthier mind, and that’s always good for business.

Stick to a Schedule

The armed forces have their days planned without fail. They wake up at the same time, eat at the same time, and do drill at the same time. That schedule leads to good results. If we use a schedule, we maximize our effectiveness at each task we have. We know how much time we have, the work we have to do and can figure out the most efficient way to accomplish those goals. Make a schedule for your week and stick to it. The results will speak for themselves.

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

The phrase, “get comfortable being uncomfortable” is one of the Marines’ favorites. It’s used to refer to physical pain, but it can also be used to describe their iron will and courage in the face of a tough situation. Using this attitude at work can help you try things that you might not try otherwise. Don’t be afraid to speak up and volunteer for things that seem a little daunting or outside your comfort zone. It’s how you’ll grow as an employee AND as a person.

Make Your Bed

The military makes all its new recruits learn how to make a bed the proper way. That’s because having a well-made bed to come home to is a way to relax and de-stress after a tough day. Make sure that you’re keeping your sleep space sacred, a place to charge your batteries when work gets tough. It’s going to allow you to be refreshed, alert, and able to take on all challenges.

So this Memorial Day, remember to honor the members of our armed services and be sure to utilize these tips throughout the rest of the year. There’s a lot we can glean from taking the time to appreciate our military. From business to life, to the way we sleep, let’s get the military advantage and give ourselves the life we want!

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