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My Grandfather Always Took Naps Before he Retired

Apr 9, 2007

When I was a kid growing up, I remember my grandfather used to always come in in the middle of the afternoon and take a nap.  He was a retired, in fact he worked up until he was close to 72 or 73 years old.  I'm not talking about pencil pushing work either or jockeying the desk he was engaged in hard physical labor almost as entire life.

He didn't rush his day, he would wake up at a reasonable time in the morning have a decent breakfast and plan out his day taking notes about what he was going to do, and then you go out and start do them any work until he got tired and needed a break and come in and eat.  He'd usually go right back out and work couple hours more, but as the hottest part of the day came around you'd often come in and take a nap from anywhere from a half hour to an hour and a half and then he'd go right back out and work some more till five, six or seven o'clock at night.

He ran his own business so we could set his own hours.  That didn't a surly making things easy for him, but that's how it worked and that's how he was able to be successful.  For the last year I've been taking a page from his book.  My schedule allows me to get up and work after having her reasonable breakfast and planning out my day, I work until I get tired and I grab something to eat.  I work some more if I get tired again I'll take a nap, then I'll wake up and do a little more work visit with the family when they get home from school or work and after they go to bed I'll work on into the night some more.

I work in a global schedule with partners all around the world from Ireland to Canada to Australia to Hong Kong to South America and Great Britain and Israel.  To a certain extent I need to be accessible not so much so that they can call me in the middle of the night with a problem or question, but instead so that I can pounce on an opportunity if it occurs in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning or early in the evening or afternoon.  This means that I've got to be fresh and ready, nimble and quick and ready to rock whenever things happen.

When I was in the military I used to do the same thing.  In the military I learned that when it's safe and when you have time you need to rest up eat and sleep and take care of yourself quickly so that you're prepared for whatever happens next.  You never know when you might have to go a day per day and a half three days or more without sleep or something to eat and so you better damn well be prepared for whatever contingency life for the world throws at you.

I also learned that if you're going to mix hard physical work and labor with very difficult and complicated intellectual work that you need to have your brain and body fresh and relaxed for that type of changeup.

If you'd like to gain some more insights into how a power nap can help you get ahead in whatever venture you're working on, or get a leather opinion of just how this type of thing has helped and can help others take a look at this ultimate guide to power napping.

It covers a number of excellent suggestions, many of which I've used myself many many times.  Covers in a way that is far more sustained than I could ever dream of being and might just help you stay on top of things and be successful yourself.  Who knows keeping your brain fresh might even keep you alive!

WooHoo ed by Brett Bumeter at 8:48 PM  

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