Have you ever been working on a project and have been at it for awhile? Like studying for finals, a work project, or even a simple homemade craft?
I’ve definitely been there and when working on a task for awhile, my brain becomes fried. My focus and productivity is then kicked out the door because of it.
And everyone needs a break eventually.
There’s a way to change the way you work. It’s actually a science behind the correlation of taking breaks and working on something.
We all should prioritize an occasional break every once in awhile.
The thing about taking breaks is there’s a strategy behind this. We need to give ourselves enough time to relax after some work.
We can’t be working continuously from the time we sit down in our chair to the time it’s time to go home. It’s not healthy or practical at all.
I’m one of those guys who enjoys staying busy. I would rather be cleaning toilets than just sitting around doing absolutely nothing. Seriously.
But I’ve learned overtime to give myself a quick break to recharge.
Break Methods To Try
There are a lot of different methods to taking breaks.
Here are some that are the most well-known.
Pomodoro Method: This method is for the people who work best in small, quick bursts.
Set a timer for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. After four cycles of this, take a 30 minute break.
This is kind of how I’ve done the two most recent posts this week. I set a timer for 30 minutes to finish a post, got done, had a break, and started a new one.
90-Minute Blocks: For the people who really want to dig into their work.
Do 90 minutes of work followed by a 20 minute break.
Anything more than 90 minutes at a time and you’re going to get have your brain fried.
52-17 Method: This one is in the middle between the Pomodoro and 90-minute method.
It’s for the people who are stuck between not wanting short or long time frames of work. Kind of a happy medium of both.
And this one is a bit random to keep it different.
Two 15-Minute Breaks per day: Not looking for a block schedule for your work?
Try this method if you’re interested to keep your schedule more free-flowing and open.
I recommend setting a timer when choosing a method. There’s just something about racing against a clock to get a task done. When I was writing my previous posts, I felt more productive because of the timer and got both done.
Now that we have some methods to use, we need activities to do while we’re on our breaks.
Here are some of the best activities to do on a break.
- Take a walk
- Get a coffee
- Listen to music
- Talk to friends/co-workers
- Mess around online
- Pushups (My favorite)
I could go on for days with a list on activities to do.
From reading a book to exercising, there is no right way to take a break.
All that matters is we’re giving ourselves time to rest and refocus.
Mess around with the different methods and activities during breaks, and you will start to see a difference in your focus and productivity very quickly.
Thanks and Be Great,