It is a scientific fact that strategic breaks can help us become more productive, and yet, we often forget about it. Then again, it’s only natural to not focus on breaks when you are trying to boost your productivity and improve your income in the process. As it turns out, there are some methods you can use to help maximize your breaks for better efficiency, speed, and accuracy.
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Take Several Small Breaks
As per all known and established time management techniques, taking several small breaks throughout a workday generally leads to better productive output than just taking one or two large ones in an entire workday. Depending on your schedule, the breaks can last for as little as 3-5 minutes after every 30 minutes, or slightly longer at 10-15 minutes after every 1.5-2 hours.
Feel free to customize the schedule in accordance with your own speed and work requirements, or you can follow any of the more established techniques such as the Pomodoro Clock, the 52/17 Rule, and the GTD Method.
Energize and Hydrate
Take a few sips of water every time 30 minutes or so, preferably while you are taking one of your small breaks. Take a small meal to feed your body and brain with energy every two hours or so. Small meals supply just enough energy to keep you at peak performance, without letting all your energy be wasted in breaking down a heavy meal. Hydration, on the other hand, is essential if you wish to see a remarkable improvement in your work capacity and speed.
Stretch Your Mind with Simple Games
When you are on one of your long breaks, play a relaxing game on your phone to stretch it out a bit, which works in much the same way as it does when we stretch our tired muscles. However, do not play anything too complex or don’t start something new that you have no idea about. That might become more distracting than relaxing.
Taking a brain break with fun online games is always a great idea!
Holidays Work as Well
Not many of us have the luxury of taking too many days off work, especially if you are a temp. However, even a weekend at the local beach can do wonders for your state of mind. Sometimes, we tend to burn out and do not wish to admit that fact to ourselves. All it may take is perhaps one good weekend to rejuvenate and boost your work capacity.
You may not be able to return to 100% of your former efficiency right away, but if you manage to implement all of what was discussed here, a change for the better is almost assured. Note that even if you lose the pay for three days, it might be well worth it in the long run.