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Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in How to simplify | 0 comments

Sleep better at work

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It sounds kind of crazy, but I have stumbled on something big, you guys.

For a long time, I have been a fan of sleeping. Getting enough sleep, and getting up early enough to have some enjoyable, productive time before heading off to work is my favorite path to happiness. For the past several months, work has been a major source of stress and general unhappiness for me.  I know that this happens to almost everyone at one time or another. The worst part for me is that moment when you are just drifting off to sleep and those nagging thoughts creep into your head. You know, all those decisions that need to be made, the things you forgot to do, and the most stressful tasks coming up in the next days. Normally, I jot these down and try to go back to sleep, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid them and just go straight to sleep?

Do it at work.

At the end of the day, leave 20 minutes to try to go to sleep. I don’t actually nap at work, but you can. Maybe set an alarm so you don’t sleep too much and mess up you sleep time later.

Just relax and let those thoughts come up. Then, you can put real actions into your calendar to address in the coming days. It’s easier to prioritize and put things into perspective when you can focus on them before you go home. If you don’t have a private place to put your feet up, put on you earphones and just zone out for a while or set aside some time when you get home. You can do it with intention, or just let your thoughts wander.

I know this sounds like a simple mindfulness exercise, and I guess it is sort of. But don’t just notice you thoughts, do something about them.

Then go home without them.

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