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8 Proven Reasons Why People Who Take Naps Are More Productive

8 Proven Reasons Why People Who Take Naps Are More Productive

For anyone who finds that their days are just a little bit too tiring, there are many solutions open to you in terms of making sure that you can get the kind of rest that you need. To do this, you always need to look at things like how much sleep you get or even how much time you are spending in bed once you wake up. Lying in bed for a few hours after you have awoken will just tire you out some more, so plan for this appropriately and make sure that when you are looking to become more productive that you look at your sleeping habits.

One of the most common correlations between people who have sleeping issues, though, is that they aren’t very productive. When you are running at 75% from the start of the day it is hard to keep up consistency and power with your working day. Put this problem to bed relatively easily, though, simply by going for a little siesta or a nap during the day to recharge yourself.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why those who go for naps are far more particular;

1. They Give Their Bodies What They Need

Most people’s bodies need two sleeps per day, although most of us just get one. This results in productivity falling off a cliff, mood spikes becoming more common, and people in general losing their cool and being able to concentrate effectively at work. If you get a nap, though, you will be more productive as your body will have had what it needs. Studies prove that after a nap your heart rate is reduced by a 5% increasing you capacity of focus by a third.

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2. They Are More Alert

This is very important for helping you get through the day and make sure that you dodge any mistakes along the way, ensuring that you have all the help and support that you could possibly need to get there in the first place. Making sure that you are more alert will help you get to grips with things far more readily than you used to and will make sure that problems don’t need to pop up quite so often. As mentioned in the precious point, focus increases by a third making it possible to hoard more activities along the day.

3. They Make Their Bodies Breath

Things like heart disease and other related functions begin to disappear as you will have a more comprehensive body that actually gets the rest that it needs. By feeling better and healthier you will have a greater chance of keeping yourself in the right frame of mind throughout the working day. Also by slowing down the metabolism during their naps, the body suffers a detox effect after enabling their bodies to transpire more.

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4. They Have A Sharper Perception Of The World

it’s vital to do this for obvious reasons, not least to ensure that you can stay more alert and more active about what is going on around you at the moment. These simple changes and tasks will make a massive difference to the way that you are progressing as an individual. After a nap, sounds and colours appear more clear, bright and sharp. The minimum sound threshold perception increases by 3 dB.

5. They Are Better Lovers

By having more sleeps and keeping your body rested and energized, the prospect of relations with your other half will be far more appealing. When you feel like you have the energy to actually go through a period of romance together, it’s a lot easier to actually get involved and commit to having fun! The blood flow increases by a 7 per cent, making possible to reach all the parts of the body. As far as needed!

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6. They Are Less Likely To Gain Weight

if you sleep more you will lose weight more effectively as your body will have the rest and rotation that it needed to feel safe and comfortable once again. If you do this, you will start to see a much better quality to your weight and your body in general which will, in turn, make you more productive and far more open to actually being able to enjoy life! It has been studied that nutrients and vitamins are metabolised more effectively during your sleep time

7. They Have A Much More Positive View Of The World

It’s less likely that you will feel the same stress and anger that you used to as your body will be properly rested and therefore you will feel physically able and secure. If you are interested in seeing how this can work for you, try going for a nap and seeing what kind of mood that you wake up in! Test groups gathered and made some Q & A session and the ones who had already had a nap gave more positive answers. Then it is true that it is useful to consult your problems with your pillow!

8. They Have Better Focus

For anyone who wants to start improving their quality of life, you need to think about the importance of concentration; going for a nap will help you concentrate. This means that driving will become less of a challenge, and work will seem less of a mountain! The positive outlook achieved through sleeping affects directly by increasing their focus time without break or reward by more than a 30%.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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