January 24 – On the late train journey home – because wherever possible I go by train unlike almost anyone else in the company, who will I think drive round the corner rather than walk, let alone think of public transport. In the process they fail to see all the productivity gains and the fact that, unlike them, I can sleep during the journey.
Now oddly I didn’t mean to talk about sleep – but now I’ve mentioned it I will, because it is a favourite subject of mine. I sleep, and much more than many people think because I have a reputation for early morning emails (but not late night ones, well at least not very late night). But the reason why people don’t realise I skeep as much as I do is I cat nap whenever I can.
I’m lucky in this regard. I do have my own office at work – and will, if tired, shut the door. Everyone knows that means ‘do not disturb’. And I turn IT off or to silent and sleep for 20 minutes. It can add three productive hours to my day.
It’s why I also ensure there is a quiet room in the office with comfy chairs and people are allowed to use it – but it is as described: I tell them, no phones, no conversation, no interruption. Sometimes people need to be quiet. And given I also tell people to have lunch time – and I am aware how rare that is – they’re allowed to sleep too. But few do.
Why? What’s the phobia? Why can’t people even face quiet? What are they worried about? There’s nothing to be frightened of in wanting space, quiet and rest, even during the working day. People would be a lot ore productive if only they admitted that a little R & R (as Hallo magazine would call it) during the day is wonderfully restorative.