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Napping to Boost Productivity: How Long is Too Long?

Napping to Boost Productivity: How Long is Too Long?

Napping is the Answer!

Far too commonly, we feel tired and groggy in the afternoon. Many cling to soda, coffee, or energy drinks as a means of revitalization. What can we do to combat our busy lifestyles? There’s a simple solution: napping! Napping at any strategic point during the day will significantly increase your productivity, but many questions arise from such a simple activity. When is the most appropriate time to nap? And for how long? How can we escape our busy lives and drift off into the magical world of napping?

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Why Bother Napping?

You should nap as often as possible. Once you find time to escape from reality once a day and completely clear your head, you’ll never look back or doubt napping again. At first, committing to this activity may make you feel guilty, but the mental clarity and awareness you gain will change your perspective and give you a balanced, motivated frame of mind. When you find an ideal time in the afternoon or midway through your day to nap, you will realize you are on to something fantastic.

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How Long is Too Long?

There are different sleep stages, as the video above accurately describes. Many people believe that napping for around 45 minutes is an ample amount of time. This is a big mistake in the world of satisfactory napping because the third stage of sleep (a nap longer than 30 minutes but shorter than an hour and a half) causes sleep inertia. This phenomenon oddly enough causes you to feel even less rested than before. Here is where power napping reigns supreme because, let’s face it, no one has time to nap for an hour and a half every day. Power napping gives you just the right amount of increased composure and doesn’t consume much time at all. Congratulations, you’ve found the key to a successful and restful day!

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With proper rest, goals are much more attainable. Become a great community leader, increase the productivity of your day, or get that promotion at work, all with the aid of napping!

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Last Updated on June 1, 2021

7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy (And Need to Change That)

7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy (And Need to Change That)

“Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

“Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

So, How To Get out of Busyness?

Take a look at this video:

And these articles to help you get unstuck:

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