More and more of us are finding ourselves with overwhelming demands and looking for more time in the day. So how can taking a break possibly be a solution for the overworked?
People try to perform like computers that run for long periods of time, running multiple programs at high speeds. We are not computers, we are human and so we operate by spending energy that needs to be renewed. The best way to get more done, may be to spend more time doing less. You can’t increase the number of hours in the day, but you can increase your energy. We are meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy. Working in 90 minute intervals with a break can maximize productivity.
How long of a break do you need? It’s not the time that counts, but how well you renew your energy that matters most. Use your break doing something that quiets your mind and relaxes your body such as: Leaving the office for lunch Taking a walk Practicing deep breathing in a quiet space When under pressure, there may be a strong impulse to push harder and resist rest. It’s best to remember that unlike time, energy is renewable.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do."- Mark Twain