Is it time for you to take a break? If you’re feeling frustrated or out of sorts or at a loss or pulled in too many directions, it probably is. When it comes to making victories we can be our own worst enemy, especially if our attention span won’t kick into the appropriate gear. Taking even a 10 minute break can be good for rejuvenating your creativity as well as freeing your attention span so that you can get back on track and get stuff done. I know, that sounds a bit odd, but it’s true.
Taking a break is not only good for your attention span, it’s healthy too. Many of us devote many waking hours to working and we’ve reduced our focus on fun and relaxation to almost nothing. It’s more of a dream or desire than something we actually have or make time for. Scheduling in not only breaks but fun as well will help keep you more productive and engaged when you do sit down to work.
So what kind of breaks can you take to help you get back on track? Sometimes you can get back on track with a snack, an art/craft project, reading a book for a bit, some form of exercise including a walk, just some fresh air, or getting a change of scenery can be helpful. Sometimes the simplest thing is the best, and you can just go with whatever your brain is working on (instead of trying to push through on what you’re struggling to focus on) and get those things done first.
Planning for victories means you add in time for moments like these when you’re distracted: you schedule in breaks and buffer time and free time and play time. That way you’re not down to the wire without sufficient time, you have time to get rejuvenated and your life isn’t just work. You may even find that you have more time for stuff and are less stressed because of adding breaks and buffer time and aren’t always trying to catch up.
Summer is a great time to get into the habit of taking breaks, taking time for yourself and becoming more focused when you need to be. What will you do on your next break?