Let’s face it – we cannot constantly work. On the flip side, we cannot get lost in break time to the point of no return. For most of us, we’ve been down both paths of working non-stop and not working much. Either-or, it usually doesn’t end well.
Plan Your Breaks
Choose three or four times a day when you will get out of your seat for 5-10 minutes and do something completely unrelated to work. Incorporate these times into your schedule and set a reminder on your phone. At first, this may feel like it is hindering your work, but it will help you in the long run.
Decide On Activities That Get You Moving
You should focus on activities that are beneficial to your state of mind at work. Do a lap around the office, go out on a quick coffee run, visit a friend down the hall or in the neighbourhood and spark a conversation. If you work at home like me, you could walk around the block, fix a healthy snack or do a quick and easy chore. The goal here is to get your blood flowing. Sitting is the new smoking, after all!
Leave Your Phone Out of It
I know, break time is all about getting away from work, but our phones are a hub for basically everything now: email, phone calls, Google Hangouts – you name it. Unless you’ve got your device on airplane mode and you are dancing to your Rdio channel or using your pedometer, it’s not allowed! There seem to be mysterious stresses associated with being constantly connected, so put your phone away during these short intervals.
The reality is, you’re going to have to go back to work. Make sure – since you’ve left your phone at your desk, as promised – that you are keeping track of your allotted break time! Whether you wear a wristwatch or keep an eye of the clock – or, fine, your phone on airplane mode, ensure you’re keeping time.
How do you maintain productive breaks?