Take regular breaks

breaksIn his book “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working,” Tony Schwartz points out we work best in pulses.

We can focus on something for a period of time, and then we need a period of time to rest.

Most studies indicate that we can only focus intently for about 90 minutes tops before we need to take a break.

Brendan Burchard advocates taking a short break every hour.

I know you think that if you just press on for another 15-20-30 minutes you will get this done, but you are mistaken.

If you give yourself periods of time to focus (from 15 to 90 minutes) and regular periods of time to rest, you will get more done than if you just try to muscle through.


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  1. Sue Painter says:

    I so agree about breaks – even if it is just lifting your eyes up from the screen and staring outside for 5 minutes. But stretching at your desk is a good thing to do while you are resting your eyes, too!

    • Terry says:

      And, referencing an earlier post, I do actually set an alarm to remind me to take a break! 🙂

  2. Terry,
    I totally agree and do find that I do well with 30-60 minute spurts, and get up to get some herbal tea or water and a often a snack. Drinking through the day also forces you to take a bathroom break! And for some people, as you mention, setting an alarm is imperative

  3. Mitch Tublin says:

    Our work activities are not meant to be marathons or sprints.
    Well timed and consistent breaks allow us to create the proper work habits and flow necessary for optimal

    • Terry says:

      Exactly right Mitch! But too many people approach it as if taking breaks was just not allowed. When, in fact, it can be one of the most productive actions in your day.

  4. I like to take breaks and do something to stimulate my mind and body, like stretches, yoga exercises, etc. I couldn’t agree more with your post! 🙂