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Nap Your Way to the Top: Is Sleep the Secret to Success?

catnapWhether you live an ultra-hectic lifestyle or enjoy a more modestly paced professional life, finding tools to give you an added boost of energy and focus will do wonders for your productivity. One of the most proven and effective means for maintaining a balance of clarity, focus, and energy can be found in sleep and power napping in particular.

Taking breaks during the day to recharge your battery via short naps will not only make you feel better and more rested, but the added dose of energy will also enable you to increase your level of productivity. A more productive day means better overall performance. Better performance means gaining more opportunities at work.

The science and psychology behind power naps includes a wide array of benefits. Those who add napping to their daily routine can experience:

• Improved mental clarity.
• Better memory performance.
• A boost to motor skills.
• Reduced stress.

All of the benefits of taking short naps during the day are dependent upon adhering to certain parameters for the most effective mid-day sleep. The conditions of your power nap should include the following to ensure the best results:

1. Brevity

A power nap should be around 20-30 minutes. Shorter naps don’t afford you the recuperative advantages of a deeper sleep. Also, naps that are too long will actually cause drowsiness and decrease your alertness throughout the rest of the day.

2. Timeliness

A power nap should be taken during the middle of your work day; commonly between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to be most effective. Of course, this may not be feasible for people who work 9 to 5, unless you work from home or live near your place of work, so find a time that works best for you!

3. Comfort

An effective power nap is one taken in a dark room, in a relaxed body position and with the proper temperature being observed. Being in a noisy and bright room, cramped in an unnatural and uncomfortable position, or napping in a cold place can rob you of the chance to get some therapeutic shut-eye.

Power Nap or Power Drink?

A common alternative to power napping is consuming caffeine — most commonly coffee or other energy beverages. While caffeine and other stimulants are often effective at increasing energy levels, memory impediments are likely. This causes you to be awake without the level of focus a short sleep can provide.

Remember to set an alarm you can trust to define your power nap session. Being able to relax enough to fall asleep is critical to the success of your power nap. In addition, setting an alarm gives you the comfort of knowing that you will not overshoot your desired wake time.


Do Power Naps Really Work?
How to Nap Your Way to Success
Why You Should Take a 10 Minute Nap Every Day 

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Are You Teaching Your Child the Value of Hard Work?

Raising children comes with a whole host of responsibilities. Among the most important of these is instilling skills and character traits in your child that will serve them well as they mature to adulthood. These traits include kindness, compassion and honesty, but another character trait that will come into play throughout a person’s life is work ethic.

Teaching your child to have a strong work ethic can often be a cumbersome chore (no pun intended), but it’s best to get started early. Simply using words to inspire your child to work hard is often not enough to ingrain a deeply rooted sense of responsibility and dedication. Providing examples and enforcing practical application of a positive work ethic will help teach your child this valuable lesson during Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work day and throughout the entire year.

What wins: Natural talent or hard work?

To define a strong work ethic, you simply need to examine what traits are necessary for a successful life. Intelligence is important and so is initiative, but oftentimes as an adult you find yourself in circumstances where your natural born gifts aren’t enough. It is during these times that your work ethic determines whether you succeed or fail.

In such cases, what will separate your performance from the rest is your dedication and commitment to seeing the task through. When called upon to muster an extra dose of grit and determination, those who can draw upon their previous experiences — including their upbringing — are best able to summon what is necessary.

Ways to instill a strong work ethic

Most likely, work ethic isn't something a child is born with. Even if commitment and dedication come naturally to a child, whether this trait is further developed is dependent upon the examples they witness and the standard by which they are judged. Displaying your desire to work hard toward achieving your goals will do more to inspire a child than anything you could say. Therefore, making sure you exhibit a strong work ethic will create a positive example that your child can follow.

Another important avenue for instilling a strong work ethic is recognizing effort through praise and rewards. Whether your child is successful or misses the mark in a particular setting, praising the amount of effort they put forth will encourage an attitude that will translate into a strong work ethic. If your child wins or achieves high marks without putting forth much effort, while the results may be positive, the lessons learned do little to elicit future hard work.

Instead of congratulating your child solely based on their results, offer encouragement that signals you are most appreciative of their honest, hard work — win or lose. Winning isn’t the only goal and losing isn’t all that matters (although it’s also valuable for children to learn how to do both gracefully). This mindset, sparked at an early age, will help to engender a strong work ethic in your child and can set them up for success throughout life.

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Instilling a Work Ethic in Generation Y and Z 
Teach Your Kids Work Ethic
Teaching Children: Work Ethic and the Value of Work

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