Monday, July 05, 2010

The Power of the Power Nap

I am just back from fishing for a few days in Haida Gwaii (used to be called the Queen Charlotte Islands - in Northern British Columbia). Caught lots of salmon, halibut, ling cod and rock fish. I actually grand slammed (meaning I caught the limit on every fish on my licence) and will soon have a freezer full of fish (330 pounds pre cleaning).

I arrived home to find the garden bountiful (or overrun depending on which plants you look at). I had a great dinner of rock fish that I had caught, beets, turnips, radishes and beet and turnip greens. And there is lots ready that I did not eat like the zucchinis pictured here, peas and blueberries.

There is something about eating food you grow yourself to make you feel healthy. Not sure what the time management trade off is but if I think of the time I saved having to stop by a grocery store and combine that with thinking of it as a hobby - perhaps...

And coming back on a holiday (July 4th in the US anyways) meant my day has been a slow re-entry which is good.

My time trick for the day is to take a nap. I found after a nap(I was tired from my trip due to time zone changes and waking up with the sun - up there, the sun rises at 4), my creativity soared. I managed to plow through a ton of backlog in a very short time.

Our work spaces are not designed for napping and neither is the "tough" business world where even I have been known for saying "sleep is for wimps". But in my heart, I know adequate sleep actually helps productivity and creativity. And it helps health. Lots written on the health benefits of sleep.

One of my key values is health (partly because it supports another key value - Time Management). Sleep is the main health thing I have not been good at for years.

Like sleep, the vacation was also good for me.


At 8:57 AM, Blogger Lloyd VanderKwaak said...

Queen Charlotte Islands and fishing for salmon....those are my two favorite vacation activities. While it has been a long time since I have been to the Islands, I have been fishing. Mmm..salmon on the grill...its the best.
Welcome back to reality!

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Lloyd VanderKwaak said...

Queen Charlotte Islands and Salmon fishing are two of my all time favorite vacation activities. While it has been a long time since I have been to the is still happening. Salmon on the grill...Mmm...Now that is a great vacation. Welcome back to reality! I hope your refreshed!

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Alex Revai said...

Talk about someone, who has come 180 degrees regarding sleep (or napping as it were). Good for you Jim!

Enjoy your catch and your home-grown vegetables. Have a great summer!

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Harris Silverman said...

There's a lot of research that shows that a brief nap in the early afternoon can greatly increase energy levels.


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