Are you the type of person that will work for a large amount of time before taking a break? Yeah, me too. I have learned over the past few months that taking little breaks every few hours during your work day is actually very helpful to your productivity. This allows you to become refreshed, reduce your stress, and increase your productivity.
I know sometimes it’s hard. You get going on a project or task and you lose track of time and just want to get it done. I don’t blame you, but I encourage you to try and take at least 3 small breaks during your next work day. Studies suggest taking some form of a break every 75 to 90 minutes to maintain a healthy balance. I have listed out some tips that have helped me get out of work overload.
1. Set a reminder
To make sure you are taking your breaks, try setting a reminder or alarm on your phone about every few hours for a 10 to 15 minute break. This way you are holding yourself accountable and not falling into the “I will after this project” abyss.
2. Use a friend
It might be easier to take your breaks with a friend or co-worker! This is also helpful to get your mind off of work and focus on relaxing for a few minutes. Make sure to talk about things that aren’t work related.
3. Get something to eat/drink
A very simple way to make sure you are getting some time to yourself during the day is to get up and go make a snack, prepare your lunch or make coffee. This may only be a few minutes, but it could make the world of difference in your productivity.
Getting up and moving around is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do during your work day. Loosening up your muscle after being in a static position for so long increases the blood flow which prevents exhaustion and injury.
Whether you take a walk, stretch, eat, or spin around in your chair, taking a break will help your mind refocus and come back to the project with a fresh, relaxed, and creative mind.
These suggestions are only the tip of the iceberg with what you can do to take a break during your busy schedule. If you are one of the lucky ones and your business offers incentives to help employees relax and refresh their brains, take advantage of that!