Ah yes. It’s almost officially Summer, and hopefully things are starting to slow down for you. Summer is the time for barbecues, baseball games, vacations, going to the lake or pool, and in general having more fun.
Or at least that’s what it used to be.
Thanks to the ever increasing connectivity that technology provides, it’s becoming harder and harder to really break free. In fact, for many we’ve forgotten altogether what it means to really kick back without the outside world clawing at our conscious. It’s not pretty, folks.
I’ve written many times on how to effectively take breaks (and their benefits) scattered here and there throughout the site. I’ve bundled them together into an easy-to-bookmark post. Hopefully you’ll find this useful and a timely refresher as we enter the season of Summer fun.
- Let Your Mind Unwind
A great beginner piece on how breaks are absolutely essential to a great work day.
- Avoid Entrepreneur Burnout: Work Out of Rest
Entrepreneurs are typically awful about taking care of themselves, especially with regards to sleep. (Not pointing the finger here; I’m guilty too)
- How to Work 8 Hours a Day Without Hating Yourself
By using strategically placed breaks at intervals throughout the day, you can work longer and more efficiently.
- The 5 Day PM Computer Fast: Why I Got More Done In Less Time
Don’t be mislead by the gangly title. (Come on, people. It was one of my first few months blogging!) This was a eureka moment, an early vision of what disconnecting from the Internet could be like. For five days I shut off the compy at promptly 5pm, just to a) see if I could and b) what it would do to my productivity. The results: awesome.
- How to Make Every Workday Feel Like Saturday
Ever wondered why you can plow through work on Saturdays? I love working on Saturday mornings more than any other day of the week, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. This post shows how we can make everyday at the office feel like a lazy Saturday in our PJ’s, watching cartoons.
- Pacing Your Work Day: Are You Stopping to Smell the Roses?
It turns out there is more to life than just work.
- Keeping Focus While Beating Back Distractions
Focus is essential for killer productivity, but do you know the real secret to more focus? That’s right: Frequent breaks.
- The Morning Tea Break: Making Better People out of Nurses
Studies have shown that nurses who take tea breaks are better nurses throughout the day.
- Prepare For Your Next Task Before You Take a Break
If you’re wanting to maximize your work/break routines, this nifty little trick works wonders. It immediately sets you up to slam on the next task the second you get back, without distractions.