Sitting in front of the computer all day at your job doesn’t automatically translate to having a high level of productivity. Just because you haven’t moved doesn’t mean you’ve been fully focused on work, despite what your employer might think. In fact, taking regular breaks throughout your day can actually be the catalyst to a much higher productivity level then if you didn’t move away from your desk at all. If you’re itching to take a break but aren’t sure what to do, try some of these rejuvenating activities:
1. Take a short walk. Get outside and get a breath of fresh air during your work day. It can be just the mental stimulator you need to walk back into the office feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next big project. Not only will you get a nice dose of Vitamin D from being out in the sun for a few minutes, you’ll also get your blood pumping so that you come back more energized than when you left.
2. Do a mind-challenging puzzle. If you find yourself stuck on a project and unsure how to move forward then take 10 minutes to complete a Sudoku or Word Cross puzzle. These two types of activities encourage your mind to work harder to complete them so you won’t completely zone out and get out of your working groove, but you will give your brain a break from thinking about work for a few minutes.
3. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. If you’re unable to actually leave your desk then close your eyes for a few minutes and take a few deep, calming breaths to restore some balance in your life. Let your mind wander from work for a few minutes and think of peaceful images. Just don’t fall asleep at your desk!
4. Do something nice for someone else. Feeling especially frustrated at work? Take five minutes to do something nice for someone else, whether it’s calling them to tell them you were thinking of them, sending flowers their way or even just typing out an uplifting email to them. Knowing that you’ve made someone else’s day better will help to alleviate some of your own personal stress.
5. Take a minute to laugh. You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine! If you’re dragging at work then take a few minutes to catch up with some co-workers or browse some funny pictures or comics online. Laughing is an instant ‘good mood’ booster, and can immediately turn your whole day around.
Taking breaks during your workday is essential to time management skills. It hleps in breaking up the day and keeping a solid flow of productivity going. Five minutes here and there can be exactly what you need to stave off work-related frustration and even boredom. The key to taking breaks at work is to keep them short and sweet; they should be long enough to revive you and short enough to not encroach on your day.
This guest post was provided by Kate Croston, freelance writer who holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Comments can be sent to: katecroston.croston09@ gmail.com.