Now that you have given up the guilt around taking breaks throughout the day, it’s time to figure out how to do that.
I know. Bosses aren’t exactly stoked by the idea of you not maximizing every single second of the day, so actually taking those brain breaks can be hard. But it’s not impossible.
Make the Commitment
I have a huge love of alarms on calendars. If done correctly, they can help you stay on task.
The first step in giving your brain a break is to schedule that time into your calendar. I’m not saying a big one hour break. I’m talking five to ten minutes. Schedule a few of those a day with an alert. When that pops up on your computer screen, you’ll know it’s time.
Keep a Running List of No-Brainer Tasks
We all have those tasks where we can literally tune out while doing them. If you do them for a long period, you might tear your hair out. But if you do them for ten minutes at a time, they can actually be restful. And those ten minute intervals end up adding up to a lot of work before you know it.
Get Away from the Computer
If your brain just needs no computer whatsoever, there are still great ways to give yourself a break.
Start your day by printing out five blog posts you’d like to read. I know… printing out a blog post? How quaint! But if screen time is killing you, it’s actually a great option. And you can write all over those papers which will engage your brain in a whole new way.
Do some stretching. I was that person in the office that used to lay down on the ground and put my legs up against the wall when my brain needed a break. You probably are not, and there’s no reason why you need to be so obvious. Just move in a way that feels right. Get up from your desk and shake it all out. Or stay in your chair and get the blood pumping in your arms. Make it your own.
Put Up More Boundaries
The most important part of this is having boundaries outside of the office. If you can’t say no, then you are going to get burnt out and quick.
When you’re outside the office, be more in the moment with your family and friends. Keep them the center of your life and not work. That’s not to say never work outside of the office. But make it the exception to the rule and not the rule.
How are you making sure your brain gets the breaks it desperately need?