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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Understanding Air Plants

What is an Air Plant.. tillandsia-798636_960_720 And how the heck can I grow one?

Air plants, scientifically named Tillandsia, grow without soil. Because of this, the leaves are responsible for absorbing the moisture, and the roots latch on to whatever structure you choose. These plants require bright, filtered sunlight; meaning they are perfect window plants for an office. They’re architectural flexibility makes them popular hanging plants, however they can latch on to any surface you choose–so feel free to get creative.

The drawback of these soil-free wonders is that they require special care to get the water they need. Many people use a spray bottle to mist the leaves of the plants every couple of days. However, in addition to this, these plants need to be submerged in water every few weeks. You can do this before leaving the office one day, and put them back on display the next. There is no fear of over-watering, because the plants stop absorbing once they’ve soaked up all the water they need.

Caring for air plants is a lot easier than it looks, and their adaptability to different structures make them a popular interior design plant. Of course, air plants will also purify the air in your office. Air plants. Below is a good starter pack for someone wanting to experiment with Air Plants.

 

Assorted Air Plants with Fertilizer

Now that we’ve established how to begin caring for your new plants–let’s get on to the fun part. Below are some of the most fun air plant holders I could find on the web. Of course, there is always an opportunity to design your own. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to do a DIY version of some of these air plant holders!

Clear Glass Air Plant Hanger
Sea Urchin Air Plant Kit (Plants Included) 
Simple Ceramic Air Plant Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, these beauties do not require much of a base. There are several beautiful Hanging Plant hanging options as well if you want to try out that chic, architectural design.

Follow Tiny Desk Plants on Pinterest to see more ways to style Air Plants!