Hope y'all had a good weekend!
Two weeks left in this Productivity Challenge and I'm noticing I'm working a lot more efficiently. Surprised at how much I wasn't "really" working when I was tracking my time the last few weeks. So, I buckled down and blocked sections of time to concentrate on one particular task at a time - blog work, freelance work, housework, and personal/family work.
Another improvement I noticed is my break time has changed too. That's what I'll talk about today on Day 21:
Take more productive break times
It sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it?
"Productive break times".
But it's a real thing, when you do things during your break that helps with productivity in your working time - it's a productive break.
Let me show you:
1. Make it a Challenge
This isn't really a productive "break" but what if you schedule breaks every 30 minutes of your working session then make it a challenge to see how much you get done before the next break?
Set a timer for your next break (suggested every 25 - 30 minutes) and then see how
many words you type before it goes off, how many e-mails you send out, or any other work duty you blocked off for that time period. Challenge yourself to beat it at the next work round.
Just be sure that you're still working effectively and not cutting corners or forgoing professionalism to beat a score, Eh?
2. Exercise Break
Yep, take a little exercise break. Here are some ideas how:
3. Brain Exercises
During your breaks do something to exercise your brain:
4. Busy Basket
Remember I mentioned keeping a basket of things to do if you're stuck waiting somewhere? Keep a similar basket by your desk and work on one of those during your break.
Maybe an idea, or a to-do item cropped up while you're working? Write it down before you forget. Take a small crafting break, a small reading break, etc.
5. Tune Out
Just take a few minutes and just tune everything out.
The whole point of a productive break is to get your brain thinking and doing something completely different than your work.
Many times we take a break, go to the bathroom, grab a coffee and such but our brain is still going over our work in progress. So, technically, we're NOT taking a break right?
I hope you enjoy your breaks today
Productivity Quote of the Day
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes.... including you" ~ Ann Lamott