Take a Nap at Work

If you’re your own boss then it’s likely you’re already doing this, however, if your boss is a tyrannical, work-obsessed fiend who is immune to reason and empathy—here are some arguments you can make to support your cause.

It really won’t decrease your productivity.

The New York Times reported on a story that was published in Nature Neuroscience where researchers tested the performance of the subjects four times a day. As you can assume, performance declined with each passing test. However, when the subjects were allowed to take a 30-minute nap in between tests, the performance decline halted. Even more inspiring is that when they were allowed an hour nap, their performance spiked. I highly recommend you read Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Mark Ehrman and Sara Mednick, and if you’re feeling passive aggressive, give it to your boss for Christmas. Why are we ashamed of needing a nap? In this book lies all the evidence you need to be able to kick that harmful stigma.

Sleep deprivation AND stress are linked to several diseases, depression, memory problems, and yes, even cancer. Kill two birds with one stone with a work nap!

In just 10 minutes, you can improve your immune health, cognitive function, and emotional control. Sleep is a basic need that keeps us healthy and functioning. In the same way you wouldn’t neglect eating all day due to your busy schedule, you shouldn’t neglect time for rest. Several big offices have nap pods—successful companies too, like Google and the Huffington Post. What makes these companies so successful, and perhaps what sets them apart from smaller less influential companies, is that they are forward thinkers. Therefore, allow your employees to nap at work -> become as successful as Google. Simple cause and effect.

One study estimates that low productivity costs U.S. companies $63 billion a year—increase your employees’ productivity by letting them rest so they can be at the top of their game.

They’re called power-naps for a reason! They charge our energy and memory, allowing us to work as productively as possible.

If your boss still won’t let you take nap after you make a concrete thoughtful argument, quit. Or don’t quit and just nap fearlessly–this is 2017, get with the program.

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Bringing the Outdoors In

Let’s talk greens. 

As we’re well aware, plants give us life–Without plants, we wouldn’t be here. Indoor plants provide benefits to our health as well in the form of psychological well-being; the only downside–we have to give them their life in return.

If you’re thinking you can barely keep yourself alive at work, let alone another living thing, consider a Pet Rock.

However, for those of you that want some life on your lifeless desk, but are wary of commitment (raises hand), find below my top  options for dummy-proof, low maintenance greens.

Number 5: Aloe Plants

Aloe Vera, Succulent and Cactus Variety Pack

If you don’t have a window in your office, you should skip this guy. While they don’t require constant sunlight, they will not survive well without being set in the light for a few hours a day. However, if you have a sun patch in your office, Aloe Plants are one of the hardiest plants out there, and even those with the blackest thumbs will have trouble killing these.

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Water once daily; allow soil to dry.

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Number 4: Brussel’s Bonsai Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree

Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing option, the Umbrella Tree is also one of the easiest plants to care for. This forgiving house plant comes with a ceramic pot, soil, and care instructions making it perfect for the lazy decorator.

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Keep soil moist.

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This plant does well in low-light.

Number 3: Pothos Plant

Pothos Plant

This plant will thrive in your windowless office. These versatile little guys will grow in dry soil, or even water vases. However, the best thing about these plants is that they will rid the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde; literally bringing the fresh, outdoor air inside.

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Requires watering.

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Number 2: Snake Plant


Snake Plant

Another plant that requires no sunlight, but is arguably more durable than the last. Also referred to as Mother in Law’s tongue, these office plants will survive the longest vacations. Another benefit, NASA research has shown that they will keep the air in your office or home clean.

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Can survive a drought.

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Thrives without sunlight.

Number 1: Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Sticking with our theme of clean air, the Spider Plant is my favorite indoor house plant, both for it’s durability, and it’s physical qualities. This beautiful plant thrives in artificial/florescent lighting, i.e. every office ever, and does best in cooler temperatures.

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There you have it: a no-excuses list of plants that you, yes you, can grow in your office.

 

Why Tiny Desk Plants?

Here for those in the windowless offices who’s idea of work-space personalization  is a rubber stapler and a mason jar full of highlighters. 

I know I don’t have to tell you how boring an office desk can be. If the only thing making your work-space feel like your own is the purse you stash underneath, then listen closely:

Studies show, time and time again, that an office devoid of that “touch of yourself”, make for miserable, and consequently, unproductive employees. More than 85% of an average person’s life is spent indoors. If you, like so many others, work a traditional 8 hour workday in an office, that percentage could likely be more. Being constantly engaged with a computer screen rather than the environment can cause a great deal of stress.

However, this is a problem that is easily solved. By decorating your office, you are then more engaged with your environment, and thus you will feel more comfortable and less stressed.

This website will assist you in an effort to create a work-space/home environment you actually enjoy instead of one you just exist in. Also, plants–they’re the best.

Send your office-inspo on Pinterest and I’ll try my best to recreate the “look” in my blog post! 
#loveyourgreens