22 Aug 2016
Have A Break After Each Task
A normal day at work typically sees you buried in your computer, barely looking up and ploughing through an endless number of things that need to be done. But consider this: small, regular breaks throughout the day increase productivity and happiness at the workplace and boost the ability to focus again after a short break. The brain’s attentional resources start to drop after 45 minutes of focusing on a single task; the concentration level drops, you are unable to focus and it shows overall on your performance if you continue and force yourself to. Scientific studies have found that short break can help to to refocus on that task for prolonged periods of time.
If your productivity is lacking, then it’s highly recommended that you take breaks which are restorative in nature and leave you feeling mentally charged up again. Here are some ways you can include some self-management and take better breaks that act as stress busters.
Work for 45 minutes, and then take a 5-10 minute break. Life coaches suggest that those people who follow the 45 minute spurt tend to be more efficient, satisfied, energetic and awake.
- Move away from the computer screen: Save your work and step away from the computer for about five to ten minutes. During this break, resist from taking out your mobile, which is just another extension of your computer. Social media can wait. Instead go for a walk outside if the weather permits. It will get your blood flowing and your eyes also get a chance to rest.
- Also a five minute meditation will do wonders. It will help you to achieve calmness and inner balance.
- Take a Social Break: Research has corroborated that firm social ties at the workplace increase productivity. So the next time you take a break, go to the coffee machine for a cup and join your colleagues in some banter. You’ll find this tactic reinforces your commitment.
- Vacations: The disconnection from work that a vacation offers is priceless. It will help you in relieving stress, boost your mood and when you get back to work you will be re-energized. Even the anticipation of an upcoming trip can boost your mood levels and well being for up to eight weeks before the trip actually starts.
- Napping: Naps improve learning, memory, mental alertness, creativity and productivity. For stress release, you will do good to take a nap of about 25-30 minutes.
- Read in your lunch breaks: Have lunch, chat a bit with your colleagues and dive into a different world for 20 minutes. Read an interesting book.
Most important thing to do is to take a short break after each task. It will give you the power to reflect on that what you have done and thus you will improve your performance almost automatically. It also will boost your happiness, success and inner balance.
Try I out and send me your feedback, experiences and questions. Jasmin Waldmann