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Happy National Napping Day!

There truly is a day for everything, isn’t there? Of course, the irony (and likely the origin) of this one is that it falls right after losing an hour for Daylight Savings Time! Springing forward has always been more difficult for me (especially since I don’t get enough sleep as it is and mornings always come too early, regardless).

Anyway, what’s the tie-in with management? Sometimes we just need to take a break. I’m not necessarily advocating sleeping at work (unless you work in an environment where that’s encouraged, and, if so, let me know where you work), but we can get so caught up in our responsibilities that sometimes it helps us get a new perspective when we slow down a little and regroup.

We tend to be repetitive with our routines and our way of doing things which can make our actions rote and potentially unproductive. We also lose sight of possibilities in trying new things or allowing others to do things in a different way. It can feel like we’re on a treadmill and don’t have time to stop for analysis, but that’s often to our detriment.

So take a break, step back and breathe. Encourage your staff to do the same. One of the best things I learned many years ago was to periodically pretend it’s my first day at work. Look around and question why you do the things you do and for what purpose. You may be surprised that some of your routines are no longer necessary, they’re just habits.

Napping allows for dreams and we can certainly use that! Dream about possibilities and then make them happen!

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