Most days, I tend to wake up quite early. With four children, I love the peace around the house before everyone wakes up. Some days, it is the only quiet time I get. Quite often, this is the time of day when I get my best ideas.
Recently, I was conflicted with a particular appraisal problem. Off and on, I had thought through the issue for some time. The appraisal was not due for a few days, but I usually like to turn in my reports days before the due dates. It tends to impress my clients and keep the volume flowing. Yet, this was an issue that I could not just throw together haphazardly. I decided to sleep on it.
The next morning, true to form, I woke up with the solution. No matter how hard I had tried to solve the issue the day before, it just was not happening. Yet, in the wee hours of the morning, seemingly without any effort on my own, the answer was there. Bam!
The next time you are perplexed with a particular problem (appraisal related or not), remember the virtue of sleeping on it.