“Taking breaks is for wimps.”…said no successful person ever. We need to know the secret serum.Lets take a break.Your calendar is probably full of things to do, but how often do you schedule in breaks? If it’s rare to find a blank space on your calendar, you should rethink your nonstop workflow. Taking regular timeouts can help you refresh your focus and get more done. Breaks are scientifically-proven to boost focus and productivity.
A study took two groups of students. Both tasked with choosing which car they wanted to purchase based on a set of specifications. One group pored over the data for four minutes. The other group was intentionally distracted by being asked to solve anagrams. Guess who made the better decisions. The students who were highly “distracted” while trying to process the information made better decisions.Turns out, those “distractions” were actually helpful. By using another part of the brain, the students were able to give their analytical processing skills a break.Taking a break is essential to higher productivity, energy, concentration, efficiency, creativity, and just about every other good thing that you need to survive.So, how exactly do you take a break? How often? What do you do while you’re taking a break?
The Do’s to your break
Make sure your actual study time is used efficiently.
Get outside and get some fresh air. No matter how short the walk may be. Getting your body moving helps blow flow, which is going to help re-energize you. Take some time to stretch your muscles out. It can help relax you more than you know!During your next study break, take a five or ten minute shower to help revitalize and refresh your body and mind.
It can be difficult to focus amidst chaos. And, though you should never clean as a means of procrastination, it can be relaxing to tidy up during one of your regularly scheduled study breaks.
When you haven’t spoken to anyone for hours and you begin to enter zombie-mode, calling someone to actually have a conversation out loud. It takes your mind off the task at hand and helps you stay, well, human. Creative activities, like coloring, drawing or a quick dance off with a friend can boost energy, clear your mind and boost your mood.
- Periodically schedule breaks for short amounts of time in between your studying.
- STICK to your schedule. Not a minute more!
The No-No to your break
Foods that lack nutrition such as fast-food meals may be convenient. But it can zap your brain and body of energy while studying. Fried foods and foods high in processed sugars are especially bad. Stick to eating healthy snacks and meals to stay energetic and alert.
Limit the napping to one break only and try to balance it out by exercising for a few minutes during one of your other breaks.
Browsing social media, playing video games, and watching television may seem like activities that can help you relax; however, these activities can hinder your productivity and make you feel tired.
Once you establish the imperative of taking a break, you need to figure out what you’re going to do with these liberated moments in your day. I wouldn’t stress too much about it. A quick ping pong game, a short drive, a brisk walk, a brief chat, a quick snooze–these are all great ways of taking a break.You may not notice a difference immediately, but ,over time you will be able to gain a lot even from break.So whenever you have break from work, do anything but work.