Let Me Sleep On It

Posted on Posted in Creativity, productivity, Professional Development, work

It’s just us.  No one else is going to read this (note to self: comments like that do not appeal to potential advertisers or sponsors).  Let’s be honest: did you ever feel the need to sleep at your desk?

I’m not referring to that classic episode of Seinfeld, when George paid someone to have a bed built into his desk.  I’m referring to those episodes of our own…where we’re just consumed with the everything of the everyday, and we just need to close our eyes for five minutes or so.  Take, for example, President Kennedy.  He was known for taking naps every day after lunch (keep your Marilyn Monroe comments to yourself).  He felt that this practice kept him alert during his otherwise hectic twelve hour work days.

As it turns out, napping might be a good habit for all of us.  A pair of researchers recently reported that this practice is good for the creative mind.  They wrote about this in an essay for the Harvard Business Review, which was shared in an article in Money magazine entitled “Being Bored at Work Is Actually a Good Thing”.

Please note….neither of these pieces refer to falling asleep during deadly dull conference calls.  Pro tip here: when you’re on one of those calls, be sure to hit “mute”, so no one hears you snoring.

You’re welcome…you know you’re gonna be singing along.

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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