We live in a crazy world. Everyone is trying to fulfill as many task as possible until one finishes the day. Many of us even solve this problem by doing more tasks simultaneously to be able to “save” some time. The world we live in, gives us the idea that we can obtain all the things we want at a clap.
It is true, we can obtain, everything we put into our minds, but we cannot have everything at a time point. To be able to reflect and to see, what really matters to us and what is a priority in our live, we need to take some distance. We need to step back from the noise, which surrounds us and to clear our minds to be able to take decisions, which can bring us where we want to go.
This distance can be obtained by breaks. Breaks are wonderful for escaping the daily routine and to explore life. They help us to concentrate in a better way and they push our creativity. So there are many reasons to take from time to time a break to be able to work more efficiently. Below I have listed 11 ideas in how to use breaks to be able to push your productivity:
- Make a break between two tasks you want to perform to reduce fatigue. This will ensure you that you will not need that much time for recovery when you do not work.
- It is useful to take a break before you “feel” that your performance will sink that means before you get tired.
- It is better to take more than one break and to spread those little breaks over the day, so fatigue will not rise exponentially.
- After a break, your performance will rise temporary.
- The more activities we have to fulfill, the more breaks we need, to be able to reflect and to concentrate.
- It does not matter how occupied you are, you will find at least 5 minutes of your workday to reflect over what you are doing.
- Try as much as possible to avoid long workdays with a high work intensity – the fatigue will sum up and you will need the whole weekend for recovery.
- Try to use breaks to make some activities: make an active break e.g. do some exercises.Other examples for recovery activities are:chatting, listening to music, reading, watching TV, going out into the nature, doing sports, having a warm bath, taking part at a event, going to the Spa…
- Use breaks to relax: Many people can confirm that taking a 15-20 minutes power nap can make you more productive: making less mistakes and being more concentrated.
- Nights are wonderful breaks: Try to sleep at least 7 hours to recover for the next day. The more tired you are, the longer you should sleep.
- Listen to your own body: You know yourself the best, when you are the most productive, so use other periods of the day to recover.