In the current Adult ADD Time Management Intensive, participants recently asked me about taking breaks. I thought it might be helpful to share some tips here. Key items that commonly arise when talking about breaks are…
- Why take breaks?
- What types of breaks help, instead of hinder, productivity.
- How to refocus after a break.
It can sometimes feel like you need to work non-stop to be productive. This is especially true when you have procrastinated on a certain project or significant task. In reality, breaks can help recharge you when you are getting tired and refocus you when you are losing focus for the task at hand. When planning your day, I recommend making time for breaks.
Some breaks are counterproductive and keep you from your task at hand. I do not recommend breaks that involve TV, video games, Facebook, Twitter or reading a book. Anything that can absorb your focus and keep you away from your work is not helpful in the long run.
Breaks that are helpful involve giving your mind a break, moving your body and getting some nourishment. Ideas include…
- Take a brisk walk
- Get a glass of water
- Do some jumping jacks
- Go through a few yoga poses
- Stand up, stretch and take 10 deep breaths
- Run in place
Set a timer when you start your break as a reminder that you need to get back to work. Also before your break, write or type a reminder note so you know where to start when the break is over. When you sit down to work again, take a couple of deep breaths and get ready to work again. You’ll be refreshed and ready to go!
Take a minute and share your favorite ways to take breaks in the comments below. Have any questions? Let me know!