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The 3 Breaks You Need to Take Every Day

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The 3 Breaks You Need to Take Every Day
Here's how and why taking work breaks can help you be more productive and less stressed.

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The Daily Breaks We Need

The Daily Breaks We Need
  • In a given day, time is fairly distributed to everyone, but energy is more of our own domain and fluctuates during the day.
  • Better exercise provides us with more energy levels, resulting in better productivity.
  • Taking breaks or doing some varied activity can enhance our energy levels, and there are three kinds of breaks that our mind and body needs to replenish and nourish itself.

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Three Kinds Of Breaks

  • Physical Break: Any kind of exercise, including a stroll outside in fresh air, does the trick.
  • Social Break: Grabbing a cup of coffee or any beverage of choice and chatting up with a friend or colleague.
  • Spiritual Break: Praying, meditating, reading spiritual text, listening to soothing, holistic music to raise your vibrations, or creative stuff like painting.

The length of the breaks can be just 1 minute to start benefiting us.

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Breakfast is a crucial part of getting a strong start each day, especially if your morning routine includes exercise. Add a balanced, protein-rich breakfast to your routine and reap the health benefits, such as:
  • Balanced blood sugar levels, which helps maintain your energy throughout the day
  • Improved short-term memory and mood
  • Faster recovery and renewed energy after workouts

Better use of the commute to work

Some of the ways you can be productive during your commute include:

  • Catching up on podcasts or listening to business-related audio books
  • Hands-free calling to get a head start on critical or time-sensitive issues
  • Reading and responding to emails (for those who use public transit)
  • Researching and preparing for presentations

Flexibility with remote work

Flexibility with remote work

Usually, working from home is about flexibility. Every single person will have a different schedule, which will make them more productive.

Early risers and night owls

  • Early risers may work from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., take a break to get kids sorted for school, then start work again at 8:30 a.m and be finished by 2:30 p.m.
  • Some may sleep in and only start working around 10 a.m. They may stop at 3 p.m. and work again between 10 p.m and 1 a.m. when the house is quiet.

It's not always a matter of early versus late. Some people work longer hours on some days to give themselves a break on other days. It's all a matter of fitting work into your lifestyle and when you're most productive.

Batching for productivity

Batching is a common productivity strategy - group similar tasks together so your brain doesn't tire with too much context switching.

For example, to break your day into three-to four-hour work sessions with two- to three-hour breaks or naps in between. That way, you can focus on specific tasks during each session.