In the past months I have been feeling bit tired in the afternoons. Around 2 pm or 3 pm I started yawning and felt like my energy level was not optimal. Later – around 6 pm – I usually felt really tired and still might continued to work.
About a month ago I figured out a very easy and effective way to get more productive hours: naps.
At around 5 pm I started taking a nap that would last anything from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (I’ve read somewhere that naps should take 15-30 minutes, but I guess I like to take a little longer siesta…). Couple of things started to happen:
- I had more energy: By taking a nap that lasted 30 minutes, I was able to recharge my batteries and work 100% for several hours (compared to working at energy level of around 30% that’s a huge boost).
- I got more productive hours: Not only I was able to work more productivity, but I also had energy to do more hours if I wanted. I didn’t always do that, but when I needed work more hours in a day the naps worked like a wonder.
There’s lots of people who are taking a siesta – short nap – and this one month’s experiment has certainly been beneficial for me, and I’m sure it can be beneficial for you if you have trouble being productive in the afternoons.