It’s considered macho to stay up all night to finish a project.
I’ve done it.
And stood there first in line at the coffee shop at dawn certain that I’d done something cooler & harder & more valuable than what regular people had done that night.
But now I see it differently.
Now I have enough distance from the work and the situations they arose from.
To tell you it’s false.
Yes, staying up all night to work can result in your having something to turn in if you didn’t do any work up till that point.
But that’s not a victory.
It’s a defeat.
Because the goal of a superlative ad maker isn’t to get ads done.
It’s to get great ads done.
Staying awake when you need sleep makes your brain slow down.
Causing it to not make as many connections as it would at full power.
Or to access as many or widely separated cells as it would have if rested.
Which means you think s l o w e r.
And perceive its value through the gauze of “decreased bandwidth”.
It’s hard to be great.
Don’t go about trying to get there with only half a brain.
When you wake up, 10 minutes of the real you will get you further than hours spent with the gerbil cages of your mind only pretending to whirl.