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Napping to Boost Productivity: How Long is Too Long?

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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 January 13, 2022

How to Use Travel Time Effectively

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How to Use Travel Time Effectively

Most of us associate travel and time with what we’re going to do one we get to our destination. Planning and mapping out what to do once you arrive can certainly make for a more pleasurable vacation, but there are things you can do while you are on your way that can make it even better.

Sure, you can plan for the things you’re going to do on your vacation while you are travelling en route – but what about making use of that time for other things that you don’t usually do when you’re at home? You don’t need to have your gadgets with you to do it, and you can really connect with yourself if you take the time to manage your life while heading towards your vacation destination.

Here are some great tips to help you with your time management while you travel, some of which are more conventional than others. Nonetheless, you can find out what works best for you and apply them accordingly depending on when and how you are travelling.

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1. Take Your Time Getting There

As I write this, I’m on a flight to San Francisco. Flying is the fastest way to get from place to place, and for many people it’s really the only way to travel.

But I’ve often taken the train or ferry on trips so that I have extra time without distraction to get more done. I’m not worrying about navigation or lack of space to do what I want to do. Instead I’m able to focus on getting stuff done during the time I’ve got without feeling rushed. For example, when I took the train from Vancouver to Portland, it was an eight hour trip and I managed to get a ton of writing done and closed a lot of open loops. It also was less expensive than flying, which was a bonus.

Sometimes taking the long way to get somewhere on vacation can be the best thing for you to get somewhere with your life.

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2. Go Gadget-Free

This is going to be a tough one for a lot of you. But why do you need to bring your gadgets with you when you go on vacation? It isn’t be a bad idea to leave all but one of them behind, and only pull out that one when you absolutely need to do so. In some countries, you’d be wise to be discreet with them anyway since flaunting them in front of those that are less fortunate than you isn’t a good practice. While it may not seem like flaunting to you, in different cultures it can definitely come across that way.

If you can’t go gadget-free, then at least go Internet-free. If you use a task management app that requires syncing across your multiple devices to be effective, remember that if you only have the one device with you then it can be the “master device” for the time being and will store your data locally anyway. Just sync up when you get home.

3. Reflect and Prepare

Finally, going on any sort of excursion gives you the perfect opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been. The fact you have removed yourself from where you usually are can give you a perspective that you simply can’t get when you’re at home. You may want to journal your thoughts during this time – and by taking more time to get to your destination you’ll have more time to dig deeper into it.

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After a period of reflection – however long that happens to be – you can then begin to not only prepare for the rest of your travels, you can prepare for the rest of what happens afterward. The reflection period is important, though. You need to really know where you’ve been in order to properly look at where you want to be. Time away from things gives you that chance.

Conclusion

Traveling isn’t always about where you’re going and how quickly you can get there. In fact, it’s rarely about that at all.

More often it’s where you’re at in your head that will dictate how much you benefit from traveling. So don’t just go somewhere fast. Instead, take your time on the way there and take the time to connect with not only where you are but who are while you’re there.

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If you do that, you’ll have a better chance to be who you want to be when you leave.

Featured photo credit: bruce mars via unsplash.com

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