Don’t be afraid to take a break when you need it.
I took one for travel recently (that’s why you haven’t heard from me), and even though it takes a bit of time to get back into the groove when the vacation is over, it’s more than worth it if you can recharge your batteries and start tackling your challenges with a new-found energy and optimism.
Taking breaks isn’t selfish. It isn’t a waste of time. It doesn’t hurt your productivity. So stop hurting yourself. Get up, get out, and let your brain and body recuperate. You will be infinitely better for it.
The next time you need to take a break, ignore your smartphone and skip the newsfeeds. Choose an activity that is restorative so you feel refreshed and more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.
We think that in order to get more done and be more productive, we need to increase our effort and time. That’s the obvious, intuitive answer. But the less obvious approach of working less and taking more breaks gets better results.
Rest reduces stress, improves creativity and productivity.
Until Next Week
Take a break whenever you need one. It might seem counterintuitive, but it will have positive effects on your productivity, creativity, and inspiration.