Take a Nap and Get More Done

A day at the beach might be the best way to get ahead.

We live in a culture that values busyness almost to the exclusion of everything else. This has become such an ingrained attitude that a car commercial can joke about success being defined as only taking two weeks off in August. 

And we get the joke.

But things may be changing. Over the past few years the minimalist movement has made a significant mark of the popular imagination thanks to sites like Joshua Becker’s, Becoming Minimalist, and Ryan Nicodemus & Joshua Fields Millburn’s The Minimalists. And while the majority of Americans are not throwing out their china sets or living out of a backpack, the knee-jerk reaction of he who has the most toys wins is eroding.

Now, this minimalist-inspired change of heart may be encroaching on the godfather of busyness and materialism, Wall Street. 


Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Bank of America have all decided to limit the amount of weekend work for their junior employees.Bank of America sent out a memo on Friday telling its young employees to take four weekend days off per month.Business Insider


Granted, four days per month doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider that this is an industry that has often prided itself on 100 hour work weeks it is a pretty big step. 

Bankers are not the only ones working late hours. We are all busy people. The advent of smart phones has only made it worse with all of us effectively on call 24 hours a day. It would be one thing is all these hours lead to amazing creative breakthroughs, but all this overwork does just the opposite. It leads to diminishing returns.

Creativity and problem solving- 2 key work place abilities- are demonstrably lessened with overwork. Studies have actually shown that taking breaks leads to higher rates of productivity. 

So rest. It is good for you and your job performance.

Everyone needs downtime, and taking appropriate rest will allow you to be more productive in your working hours. Do not neglect it.

Take a nap. Go for a leisurely walk. Read something for pleasure. Watch a little TV. Let both your body and mind rejuvenate.

What is your favorite way to unwind? Share your tips in the comments.

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Author: Steve P Brady

My vocation is that of an English teacher and job search coach. In my leisure time I am a reader, writer and runner (and a huge horror fan).

4 thoughts on “Take a Nap and Get More Done”

  1. Hi Steve

    People spend so much time recharging the batteries on their appliances that they actually forget that their own batteries need recharging.

    Where I live, people are very much reliant on tourists and summer work to earn a living. Six months of the year people work like crazy, many of them work eight hours a day or more, seven days a week for very little pay. It is not only illegal but crazy too. Employers are too stupid to realise that they would have a better business if they treated their workers with a little respect and gave them time off.

    My husband works long hours seven days a week in the hotel trade, he is lucky enough to run a small bar down on the beach, so at least he is away from the cattiness that builds up amongst the other hotel workers as people start to get tired from overwork. But the work still makes him tired and irritable at home although he loves his job; all he needs is some time out.

    I really hope that people who read your post take note, employers as much as employees. To get the most out of anything in life there has to be a balance. Work, rest and play.

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