Most people start the day running in high gear and they never let up until the end of the day. Sometimes not even then. Their brains are still going 100 miles an hour as they try and get some sleep just so they can do it all over again the next day.
That’s not a good way to start or end your days. If this is how your days are going, here’s a suggestion for you.
Take 10 minutes to do nothing. Not one thing!
But, wait… you might be thinking, “How can I get away with doing nothing?”
Smart people and the companies they work for are realizing that encouraging breaks can improve productivity. Studies have shown that taking breaks is smart and effective.
How to Get Started?
Just try this. Take a 10 minute break at some time during your day. Do this just one time a day for a week. Then expand it to two times a day. As you start to utilize these 10 minute breaks to increase your focus and effectiveness, you may decide to add even more 10 minute breaks.
Remember — just take 10.
My suggestion is to start first thing in the morning. If that feels too unnatural, try to do sometime before lunch. The reason is that once you’ve gone through most of your day, it might be too hard to slow down and just take 10.