Here’s an Easy Way to Get More Productive Hours

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.

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. Naps can definitely boost productivity, and I’ve recently been getting in to meditation too. Its interesting how much it can help to just zone out, clear your mind, and think about nothing while still conscious.

  2. You could try polyphasic sleep(the Uberman type), where you only nap and don’t ever sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time…


    It’s pretty hard to be able to do. You’ll actually go into different sleep cycles during each nap instead of always being in REM. Also, I think people who use 30 minute naps instead of 20 minutes at first have a better chance of succeeding.

  3. Instead of napping I suggest meditation and concentration trainings.An hour of simple meditation in the morning will change your whole day believe me.

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