One of my favorite websites is the Harvard Business Review. It has great content. Plus, it makes me feel more smarter, having read something with Harvard attached to it.
So, when I read in a recent article that taking naps at work were key to gaining a competitive advantage, I knew I had found the advice of a lifetime.
And, there’s no one better at taking a nap than me … You know, a little after lunch, there’s that fading feeling. Well, just crawl under the desk in your office (or put your head down on your cubicle desk), close your eyes for about 20 minutes and awake rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.
If you are reading this and you work at the Mississippi Business Journal, this is a joke.
Otherwise, wow, what a great idea.
Here are a few hints from the HBR article to help get you on the way to a more restful workday.
- Schedule a regular time for your nap — between 1 and 3 p.m. is ideal — to increase the likelihood that you’ll take it.
- If you have your own office, create a cheeky sign for your door to set expectations others. As in: “Short nap in process to insure high afternoon productivity.”
- If you work in a cubicle, see if you can find a quiet space for your nap, even if it means leaving the building and taking your nap on a park bench, at a Starbucks or in a local library.
- Turn off your technology and set an alarm for 20 or 30 minutes.
- Close your eyes (obviously) but don’t try too hard to fall asleep. Instead, breathe in through your nose to a count of three, and out through your mouth to a count of six. Even if you don’t fall asleep, this way of breathing will ensure you’ll get a rejuvenating rest.