Work smarter: not Harder
It almost deserves one of those corny motivational posters that you see: a bit like this, I suppose:
Wisdom demands more than just smarter work practices, however.ï¿½ If you want to get more out of your day, you need to understand how your brain and body work.ï¿½ And for most of us, that means recognising a natural dip in alertness in the early afternoon.ï¿½ All the research shows that a fifteen to twenty minute nap ï¿½ or just a break ï¿½ just after lunch will reduce the effects of your afternoon dip and re-charge you mental and physical batteries.
For example, if pilots get a 30 minute nap on a long-haul flight, their reaction time improves.ï¿½ Compared this to pilots who donï¿½t nap and experience a 34% decrease in performance.ï¿½ Who would you want flying your plane?
It isnï¿½t the number of hours that you work, which determines the value you deliver.ï¿½ It is the total value you deliver during the hours you work.
How to Power Nap
It is as simple as 1-2-3:
- Make it a regular slot on your early afternoon, just after your lunch.
- Find somewhere quiet and undisturbed and put your phone on silent ï¿½ or off.
- Relax ï¿½ make it your objective to breathe regularly, rather than to sleep.