Unless you’re George from Seinfeld and can get a contractor to build you an under the desk napping area without getting noticed then you may need some ideas on where to catch a few zzzzs today. It’s National Napping Day which occurs after the switch over to Daylight Saving Time. According to The International Business Times these are the best places to snooze at work. Let me know if you have any better suggestions.
1. The Stealthy Screen Saver
If you work in a cubicle, privacy is an ongoing issue. Whether it’s a co-worker looking over your shoulder while you Facebook stalk your “blind” date, or you have learned to whisper during personal phone calls, taking a nap may seem out of the question. Don’t underestimate the power of appearances. Simply take a screenshot of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or another benign project you are working on. Set that image as your screensaver and you’re good to go. Lean back, get some shuteye, and if anyone walks by it looks like you’re hard at work.
2. Get A Room
The boardroom, conference room, a vacant corner office or if you’re desperate, the bathroom. All of these are ideal options since they have doors. Doors can be shut, lights can be turned off, and you can relish in getting some forty winks before five o’clock.
3. Catnap In The Car
If you take your car to work, you basically have a bed on standby in your garage. Whether you need to take some time for a “family emergency” in the middle of the day or you’re meeting a “friend” during your lunch hour – head to the car, recline the seat all the way so no passersby can see you snooze.
4. It’s All About The Position
While this tip can be taken in a variety of contexts, when it comes to naptime in semi-public places your stance will stand out if you’re not careful. Resting your chin on your hand (like “The Thinker”) will make you appear to be deep in thought. If someone strikes up a conversation with you, your delayed response will look like you were seriously contemplating their question. If you really want to appear Zen, put on some headphones. This can also add to your “contemplative” state.
5. Pretend To Pray
One can assume that if you have gotten this far in the tips, you aren’t one of the most ethical human beings. If that’s the case, this last suggestion could be the best one if used wisely. In an effort to hide in plain sight, place your head on your desk. Use your hands to cushion your head. Make sure you’re lying face down. If a co-worker interrupts your siesta, simply raise your head and say “amen.”