The Importance of Taking Breaks

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I don’t know about you, but most hard-working folks (myself included) have a nasty tendency to work hour after hour without ceasing. This work-nonstop-syndrome has a long list of symptoms: stiff neck, brain fog, burnout, reduced productivity, slumping posture, and many more. Sound familiar?

If you’re sick of sabotaging your productivity, not to mention your well-being, with this butt-glued-to-your-chair-never-stop-to-catch-your-breath work mentality, I have a simple solution for you. Like me, you can shake yourself out of your zombie-workaholic-mode by making regular breaks a part of your daily routine. Pretty simple, really, but if you need a little extra push, here is how I do it:

  1. I know I’ll just keep working if I don’t have a reminder, so I open up www.timeme.com/timer.htm in a separate browser tab, and set it for one hour.
  2. Once the timer is up, I leave my desk and take a five-minute break. Mostly I just walk around and stretch, but sometimes I do some light housecleaning, get a snack, doodle on my cool glass dry erase board, or whatever. My main goal for these breaks is to get away from my desk, chair, and computer, and do something on my feet.
  3. After the break, it’s back to work, with another timer set for one hour…and the cycle repeats.

That’s all there is to it. Of course there are other methods you can use, like taking a stretch break every half-hour, or a longer ten-minute break every two hours, but I’ll let you decide what works best for you!

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About Barbara Austin

As the graphic designer & founder of Sweet Dreamz Design, Barbara loves working with women entrepreneurs to brand their businesses. She shares a variety of small business advice and anecdotes here on the blog. Check back every week for new tips, inspirations, and how-to articles, or subscribe to get regular updates in your inbox each week!

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