During the course of your working day, you have a number of tasks that you must complete before your day is up, if you are strict with the hours that you work. As you advance through the day, you get more tired and less productive. This is due to the fact that you have no breaks in your day to keep yourself refreshed and awake.
When you work constantly throughout the day, this will often lead to problems with concentration and forgetfulness which can be detrimental to your work performance.
Alternatively, if you are taking breaks what are you doing with the time? Do you go on Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram every time you want a break? You’re not alone. It can be easy to spend hours browsing social media sites mindlessly. But by taking simple work breaks throughout your working day, you’ll stop procrastinating and get more done.
Here are my 3 tips on what you can do when taking simple breaks to help improve your productivity and keep yourself on task the whole way through your workday.
Use the 20-20-20 rule
Are you familiar with this method? The 20-20-20 rule is that you should take a break from your screen 20 twenty minutes. Every 20 minutes, you should focus on an object for 20 seconds which is 20 feet away. Sounds like a chore for some but can be really beneficial to reduce eye strain. Focusing on a screen for long amounts of time can cause:
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Dry, itchy eyes
I hold my hands up, sometimes I am glued to my desk for a very long time, and I mean a long time. I will usually only get up to go to the toilet, answer the door for a cheeky amazon delivery or my stomach tells me that it is time to eat. As a small business owner, it is important to focus on our wellness too. Yes, we want to deliver to our customers and clients a great service but please remember you. You can read more about the 20-20-20 rule here
Stretch your legs
Move that body! Getting yourself out of your seat and moving around is a great way to get you away from your screen whilst incorporating some exercise into your routine.
Stretching is important to avoid those aches and pains, getting into the habit of sitting with poor posture and will also help avoid any neck and back strain. I have a great chiropractor who I visit twice a month to get my back and neck sorted out. I have found being in a seated position for work does me no favours if I don’t move around regularly.
If you always forget to step away from your desk, set a timer to remind you to take a quick walk and get a stretch in. There are even stretches that you can actually do at your desk, although I would rather you left your desk.
Do something fun on your lunch break
Ensure you take a full break, not a 10-minute nibble and then back to it. Have your lunch away from your desk, somewhere comfortable and possibly in another room if you can.
Allow yourself to switch off even for 30 minutes and do something fun. Some ideas are:
- Read a book
- Call a friend/relative
- Play a game with friends/family
- Listen to your favourite music
- Go for a walk
- Do a workout
- Listen to a podcast
We all know that staying focused and productive throughout your working day can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re working on several projects simultaneously. The main point I am trying to make is that in order to be productive during the course of your day, it can be beneficial to take breaks from your work in order to prevent burnout.
Without taking these breaks you may find yourself becoming less and less motivated as the day goes on and eventually give up completely, which is what we don’t want. So, please remember to take regular breaks even if it is only briefly as they can have a major impact on your productivity. Keep bossing it!