Monthly Archives: February 2010

Naptime for the Stressed

Power-napping is not just for cats (as those people lucky enough to support a cat can attest to). Da Vinci did it. Edison did it. Churchill did it. Millions of less-stressed-than-you people do it and managed to keep their lives running smoothly, you can too.

See, it’s not really the difficulty of taking a nap in the middle of your work day as it is getting over the intense urge to Do Something More Productive, and the guilt that comes with laying this urge aside.

Circadian rhythms govern our resting and active periods. Modern life lets us control this (somewhat) with various drugs of choice, the most common of which is caffeine. Napping can bring you back to the rhythms of your body, leading to better performance.

Remember nap-time when you were very young?

Children needed time-outs from the frenetic activity their enormous energy levels could give them, so, boom, nap-time. Adults usually get to control their energy slumps with quick-fixes like coffee, but why not try implementing a small nap in your daily cycle to re-charge yourself?

Some of the following sites were recommended by a JROX resource, MakeUseOf.com. I visited the sites and here’s my take:
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Money Matters: The Simple Dollar and GenXFinance

In case we haven’t mentioned the site before, Trent Hamm’s finance blog, The Simple Dollar (with 73,000 readers) is one of our most frequently visited resources.

Since his blog has been around since 2006, this means you have years of entries to choose from with great advice on a wide variety of issues, from making your own laundry detergent, to the merits of cooking at home, to reader Q & A’s, to the pay-off’s of making sensible money choices in the face of other people’s negative opinions (and he also shares on how to deal with those opinions).

Hamm also has a Small Business section too, and aside from the many well-thought out articles (especially his 14 part Money Rules series) you can also download his free e-book, “Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on Just One Page.”

Another favorite is Wisebread, a blog community updated daily with deals, commentary, analysis and advice on personal finance. Play around in their forums for stimulating discussions geared towards helping you “live large on a small budget.” Continue reading Money Matters: The Simple Dollar and GenXFinance