Are You Taking Breaks at Work? Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should!

Kerri Diggle Productivity, Small Business, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Are you too busy at work? Looming deadlines, client meetings and regular day-to-day tasks likely use up all of the time in your busy workday.  Being overwhelmingly busy shouldn’t be part of doing business. Taking a break from work during your day can actually have many positive benefits, from improving the quality of your work to increasing your energy and creativity.
Whether you work in an office, a cubicle or from home, finding the time to take a break should be a priority.  Here’s some interesting reasons why:
Productivity.  Breaks allow you to refocus and keep from getting bored.  When you return from a break, you’ll notice you’re able to concentrate and focus with ease.
Energy.  Take the time to let your body and mind rest!  This will help improve your energy and recharge your mind.
Creativity.  Taking the time to refocus your attention and recharge your mind will help you return to your project fresh and with new ideas.
Health.  A regular break will help you reduce stress and fatigue, directly effecting your overall health. Stress can cause many ailments including headaches, high blood pressure and heart problems.
Leadership.  Spending time away from the desk improves relationships with coworkers as well as your productivity.  These important relationships and your increased value as an employee can contribute to more leadership opportunities and motivate your team.
We know taking a break is important, but how can you take a break when your schedule is packed with task after task?
One of the easiest ways to take a break is prioritizing a lunch break. Step away from your desk and take time for yourself.  Socialize with colleagues or spend the time alone.  Either way, the lunch break, often the longest break in your day, can have a huge impact on your afternoon productivity.
Another easy way to incorporate breaks into your day is by scheduling small breaks throughout the day.  Use a timer or schedule the breaks into your day.  A great rule to follow taking a 5-minute break for every 25 minutes of work.
Once you’ve taken the time to schedule mini-breaks throughout the day, you can consider taking longer breaks or using your lunch break for a quick cat nap or to go to the gym.  These two activities can have a profound impact on your overall health, creativity and productivity. 
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