10 philosophies on break-taking during work
I've had a series of pretty productive workdays this week, which got me to thinking about breaks. I think most people probably combine some of the perspectives on this list, and I know I've adopted all of these at one point or another. All this to say- break away!
1. Power through
No rest for the wicked!
2. Pomodoro method
Work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, rinse, and repeat.
3. Use technology to let you know when you need a break
Some technologies can detect when you're losing focus. Maybe these can help you really optimize your break-taking. Maybe they're totally useless. Probably worth a try!
4. Regular intervals
e.g. a 10-min. break every 40 mins.
5. Use breaks as a reward for completing a difficult task
Just finished coding something? Why not celebrate with a well-merited break!
6. Use breaks to prepare for more draining tasks
Have to write an essay? Take a break right before starting as a way of building courage.
7. Social breaks
Take a break when other people take a break. For the more socially-minded among us.
8. Non-break breaks
Never really disconnect in full. Talk about work on your breaks, think about work while you're relaxing... your friends will love you.
9. Take random breaks.
Roll a dice every 10 minutes and only take breaks when you roll a 6.
10. The "average workday"
Take a few short breaks, take a longer break around lunchtime, and take a few more short breaks.
11. BONUS: Indulge yourself
For days when you're having a particularly hard time: take a break whenever you feel like it!