Did you see the story in The New York Times last Sunday called, “Relax, You’ll Be More Productive”? Fascinating piece about how we can be more productive by – get this – taking afternoon naps and going on more vacations. The writer Tony Schwartz made me feel better about the many siesta I’ve been taking during this pregnancy.
“A growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations —boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”
And he cites a number of recent studies to back up his very un-American claims. Essentially, it’s proven that the brain needs periods of rest in order to concentrate. The golden number seems to be 90-minute work intervals. So take that afternoon walk or nap, and fer God’s sake, use your paid time off!
Here’s how to use it …