Studies show that air traffic controllers lose their ability to stay vigilant for critical signals over a prolonged period of time. It’s also been proven that breaks or task switching can re-energize you, keep you focused and spark creativity.
The consequences of continuing to run on high alert, solving everyone else’s emergencies, will inevitably catch up with us. Remember that it's okay to devote some time to your mental health; shift gears and take short breaks at work to improve your overall wellness.
The Pomodoro technique is perfect for creating time for deliberate work periods and breaks. Before you attempt the Pomodoro technique check out this article for tips on how to break down your projects into smaller, manageable tasks. Then group like tasks together and give this a try:
Short interruption or a temporary switch of tasks can improve our ability to focus and give us the energy we need for deep thinking. Here are some ideas for short breaks, at and away from your desk.
Our level of social interaction needs vary, but not having any social support impacts our mental health. Check out this resource to find out what kind and what level of social support you need. Here are some ideas for breaks that may fulfill your social need:
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Stress is inevitable in our line of work. We deal with competing priorities, the ever-changing world of business with new technologies to learn, and the happiness of our clients is at stake. Taking a moment to destress is essential and if it keeps us productive - bonus! Here are some ideas to try:
So while it may seem like there is no time for rest, it's actually essential that we do take regular breaks in order to perform at our best.
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