Sleep on It

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.

appraiserideasRecently, 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.

12 thoughts on “Sleep on It”

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    1. Excellent advice. Same holds true with doing your final review. Our eyes tend to ‘see’ what our brains tell us we intended to write rather than what we actually did write. “Cold” review almost always catches things not apparent in the several spell checks, or immediate review following signing. Also, I find more things in the pdf version than I do in the open report writing software. Smart lenders understand the value in this and don’t ‘rush’ reports.

  2. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I tend to get tunnel vision when I’m hyper-focused on a particular file. Usually it takes a fresh perspective. Sometimes, just putting it away, working on another file & coming back to it after hours works.

  3. I’m the same way. I like to review my appraisal that I completed the afternoon before the first thing in the morning and then send it out the door. I am always amazed at the things I catch sipping my first cup of java.

  4. I can go all night, but I prefer my mornings start at the crack of noon (if only…). Nothing clears my head and ignites my brain like a long shower. Some mornings I solve so many problems in the shower that I forget half the answers by the time I get out!

  5. This is so true. I make it a habit to “sleep on it” because so many other details occur to me and I can remind myself to review a statement or clarify my thinking before turning in the file. I almost always regret rushing something out the door because of the things I think of afterwards!

  6. Yea…so true. This is why I am a big fan of boilerplate text. There are those rare people who can write from scratch and from the cuff on every assignment, but not me. I prefer to remember that just because each assignment is a bit different, the responses I give almost never change, or least not much. I alter my boiler text on each assignment to be specific to the assignment, which gives the illusion it is custom. I probably write 2-6 truly custom sentences on each report on average. Obviously there are times when boilerplate wont work and I start from scratch. I decided this was the best way for me when I started going back over past reports and wondered too many times what the heck I was thinking when I wrote one thing or another.

    In a similar vein, I am a big believer in always going to bed before resolving a spousal issue. Amazing how many problems vanish with a new day. I think the people who say never go to bed angry just like to fight!!!

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