It’s important to note that taking the breaks is equally important as doing the work. With the busyness of our work environments, it’s easy to forget the importance of taking breaks. We therefore need to be disciplined to take breaks and not to skip them. It’s also important that the break is not used to check emails. Breaks could include things like standing up from your desk, stretching, making a cup of tea or coffee, doing a daily quiz or crossword or getting some direct sunlight. You can also see our previous posts for recovery ideas.
Depending on your personal ability to focus and attend, you could experiment with different time intervals (25, 30, 35, 45 minutes), with 45 minutes being the maximum length of time before taking a break. You can also assign one task for each 25-minute chunk, take a 5-minute break after each chunk, and then take a 15-minute break after 4 rounds of 25+5.
Looking after your wellbeing should be your number one priority. We encourage you to give these techniques a go to decompress and find balance in your workday. And, for some additional ideas from our team on how to redefine productivity in our flexible working world and how to manage energy alongside time, see our post here.