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12 Feelings Only People Who Love Taking Naps Would Know

12 Feelings Only People Who Love Taking Naps Would Know

Do you love naps? Some people love to nap every day, and for others it is an occasional treat. Naps give you energy and make you feel more productive – and it feels great to be in bed during the afternoon.

Check out 12 feelings only people who love naps would know.

1. You are jealous of babies and pets

Whenever you spend time with pets and babies you feel insanely jealous of their relaxed lifestyle. Wake up, eat some food, take a nap…. To you, it sounds like the perfect day.

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2. You kind of like the disoriented feeling when you wake up

You actually kind of like the feeling of waking up from a nap and feeling disorientated with no idea what time it is. Most people dislike it, but to you it is just proof that you caught up on some much needed z’s.

3. You plan naps for later in the day

You love naps so much that you often plan a nap for later in the day while you’re still eating breakfast. The only thing that actually motivates you to get up and go to work is the fact that you have a nap planned for as soon as you get home.

4. You set alarms when you nap because you love to snooze

If you didn’t set an alarm when you napped you would probably sleep right through until the next morning. However, one alarm isn’t enough; sleepy you will switch it off and go right back to sleep, so instead you set about 5 alarms to guarantee you will wake up.

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5. Whenever you go to a furniture shop you want to take a nap

Every time you go to a furniture or home décor shop the first thing you want to look at is the beds. You’re not even planning on buying one – you’re just fantasizing about taking a nap in one.

6. You always read articles about the benefits of napping

You always click on any article about the benefits of napping, no matter how ridiculous the article is. You just want solid proof that your beloved naps are good for you.

7. So you know ALL of the benefits of napping

You already know that napping can increase productivity – in fact, you pretty much know EVERYTHING there is to know about napping.

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8. Sometimes you accidently nap through the night

On more than one occasion you have settled down for a quick nap, slept through and woken up the next morning. You always feel weirdly guilty about this, but it never deters you from napping again.

9. You like long car rides because you can nap

Most of your family hates road trips, but you always look forward to them. Not for the car games or the jokes – for you, it is all about the opportunity to have a peaceful nap under a warm blanket.

10. You convince yourself to take naps

You love naps so much that sometimes you actually convince yourself that a nap is absolutely essential. You tell yourself that you will be more productive and energised after your nap – and then you wake up feeling groggy, unable to do anything other than binge-watch Netflix.

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11. You don’t understand 10 minute naps

You find people that can nap for ten minutes strange and bizarre. How do they manage to wake up so quickly? Does it even count as a nap if it is shorter than half an hour?

12. If you stay at a hotel the first thing you search for is the “Do Not Disturb” sign

The first thing you do when you’re staying at a hotel is find the “Do Not Disturb” sign. You’ve been woken up before by an apologetic maid, and it was super awkward. Now you always make sure you find the sign so you can have a peaceful, uninterrupted nap.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

    Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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