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You Need a Break...


Breaks throughout your workday can give your productivity a major boost. It may seem a bit counterintuitive but there’s evidence that going through your day without taking time outs actually impairs your work performance. That’s right, the more you try to sit and focus for hours on end, the less likely you are to work at your highest level. Kudos to you if you already have your break times scheduled into your day but did you know there’s a right and a wrong way to break? Checking your work email while having a quick snack? You guessed it, not the right way!

To get the most out of your break time while working remotely, here are 3 things you need to know:

Clear intentions set you up for success:

Take a moment to think about what you need from your break, this will make it easier for you to choose exactly what you’ll do as opposed to aimlessly spinning your wheels and wasting precious time. It could be something as simple as getting a drink of water, stretching your legs, or quieting your thoughts. The goal is to return to your work feeling accomplished and refreshed so pay attention to what you need and follow through!

Completely disengage from your work:

Step away from your desk and leave your workspace if at all possible. Do the thing that will bring you the most joy in the allotted time that you have. If you’re a parent working from home, maybe it’s some playtime with the kiddos. Or, it could be getting outside to soak up some sun. Whatever you choose to do, try really hard to turn the work switch off for a bit and let your mind and body relax from the demands of your work.

Break at your peak:

Don't wait until you’re distracted or completely exhausted to take a break. Stay ahead of the burnout and take a break while you’re enjoying your work so that you can look forward to getting back to it. I know it’s hard to stop when you’re on a roll (and you may have to force yourself like I do sometimes) but I promise you your momentum won’t be lost and it definitely will pay off.

Successfully working from home can involve so many moving parts, including aspects of the workspace that enhance and promote creativity, productivity, and relaxation. I help remote workers create home office spaces that do just that. Set up a Complimentary Call to learn more or visit my website at www.idyllbound.com


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