Taking Time for YOU
Have you ever felt like you were trying too hard to focus on a task at work, but in the end found yourself clicking between e-mails and Facebook?
That’s because it is impossible to focus 100% of the time on anything, the simple solution to this dilemma: take a break!
The typical American mindset is that if you’re not working, you’re lazy, and this may be hurting us.
There’s no shame in taking some time off, this can lead to less stress, being more focused, and ultimately increased productivity!
It doesn’t matter if you have 10 minutes or 10 days for your break, I’ll give you some suggestions to help you take a step back and out of that stress rut.
Research shows that more hours doesn’t equate to better work, so why push yourself to the point of exhaustion? Remember, your brain is like every other muscle that will tire from repeated overuse.
This study encourages a 17-minute break for every 52 minutes of work and during your break period you should completely disconnect from all things work related.
No matter how you choose to spend your breaks remember the importance of stepping away from your work. Leave the cell phone and e-mail and I promise you’ll return feeling rejuvenated!
The 52-17 model is only a suggestion, find what works best for you and set an alarm or reminder so you know when it’s time for your break.
Depending on your schedule, the break you may need could range from a day off to a yearlong sabbatical. Think of these longer breaks as an investment, a way to replenish your job performance.
Remember that taking time for yourself is not a sign of laziness, but rather the smart thing to do to maximize productivity and efficiency.
If you’re interested in more ideas for taking time out check out some of my other posts here!