Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions are searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. — Maya Angelou
AMEN to that!
During a typical workday, how often do you stop and take a break, step away from tasks to recharge? As an entrepreneur, I am venturing a guess that it isn’t nearly enough as we should. Too few breaks can kill productivity. Stephen Covey says it like this; we need to step away from the tree we are cutting down to sharpen the saw. The same with our mind and body.
Productivity declines when we work without rest. A good indication of needing a break is when concentration starts to disappear. Breaking away from normal routines will give us some insight on what we need to focus on.
This section appears to have listened in on a conversation I had yesterday with a coaching client. It might appear a bit odd but take your calendar and FILL IN breaks within the day. Schedule them just like we do appointments. A mentor of mine said that we should be breaking every 90 minutes for at least 10 minutes. Not switching focus to other work-related tasks, but physically getting up stretching, walking, and doing some deep breathing to gain clarity and reset energy.
Another great point is that two days every week, the “weekend”, is supposed to be for yourself and your family, or very important relationships. Make it a habit to let work wait and take a break.
Schedule breaks into your daily agenda.
Be A Lifelong Learner
Nigel Cumberland, “100 Things Successful People Do — Little Exercises for Successful Living”