All I Want for Christmas is…a Nap?
It's that time of the year again: it's the holiday season. Are you ready? Are you well rested? Nowadays, most of us run around like chickens with our heads cut off, and even more so during the month of December. I don't have many material wants when it comes to Christmas. Perhaps my own She Shed in the backyard? Wishful thinking, I know. What I really want is more along the lines of 1) more time to myself, 2) time to finish the books I still have sitting on my bedside table, 3) leisurely afternoon naps, and 4) time to catch up on seasons 6 and 7 of Parks and Rec.
Recently, Linden, a 2-year-old girl from Houston, was asked by Santa what she wanted for Christmas and she sleepily replied, "I want a nap." She didn't ask for a toy like every other child on the planet. She asked for a rest - a break from all the craziness that is the holidays. This girl has her priorities straight from a very young age.
Those of us who work in the design/advertising/marketing industry know, especially in the early years of our careers, that working long, late hours and weekends are a part of the deal. However, in order for us to be at our best creatively, we need to be rested - we need to have a clear mind. Sure, something could be said for coming up with a great idea in the wee hours of the night after hours and hours of brainstorming, but those are few and far between. A calm, well-rested body and brain is usually the best start. Because if you don't have this, you will eventually crash and you won't have the needed energy to see your vision through properly.
In Minnesota, we are a practical, fun, hearty, hard-working bunch. We're not fancy and shiny – we're not the city that never sleeps nor are we the entertainment capital of the world. We are, however, a MAJOR creative hub in this country and I think our practical ways of life have been a huge asset to our work and the worldwide recognition we have received for it.
This holiday season, feel free to take a break from all your hard work. Treat yourself to rest and relaxation. Take a nap (or two or three!) – your work and clients will thank you for it.
- Archived Under