I’m definitely someone who doesn’t believe in traditional breaks. The thought of cutting one hour out of my day for lunch or running an errand doesn’t work in my brain. The moment I come back, I am mentally done for the day. Someone could potentially argue how I’m more focused during the first half of my day as I prepare for my break, but I don’t believe it. However, I think I am more productive and better accomplish my to-do list when I take multiple small breaks. I feel like I focus better when I’m able to mark a task off my list, take a five minute break, then tackle the next one. If you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate a few new ways to break up your day without having one, long break. Below you’ll find a list of a few break styles to incorporate into your day!
As I said before, this is my favorite way to enjoy a break. Luckily, in my position, I can step back from a task to walk around our Coworking space and tidy up. With multiple small breaks, it’s important to keep a strict limit on how long they are. For time management, I would keep these to no more than 15 minutes then start back on your next task. And use common sense to determine how many tasks you complete before your next break. Don’t check off one email, take a break, send another email, and take another break. When these are done correctly, you’ll reap the benefits and your mind will thank you.
Go For a Walk
Walking is a great way to get out and get some blood to your brain. When you’re feeling mentally drained or stuck, get outside and away from your computer. Leave your phone, take off your smart watch, and spend time in thought. Invite coworkers to walk with you, too. It’s not only helpful to your brain, but is a great way to build relationships with those around you.
Exercise Your Mind and Body
These kind of go outside the realm of breaks, but exercising and challenging your mind outside of work will help your focus and performance. This doesn’t mean you have to turn into a scholar or body builder, but daily exercise and reading will significantly change the way you think. My mind always feel clearer when I’m able to set aside time in the morning to read or write, and spending 30 minutes at the gym helps my day feel more productive.
What’s your favorite way to refocus your mind at work? Let us know in the comments below!