No one can be 100% efficient all day, every day. Taking breaks ultimately helps you be more productive than constantly pushing through and getting distracted. Breaks are important, but it’s important to use them to energize yourself. Take a few minutes and make yourself a menu of the types of breaks that work best for you and feel like a reward for work done well.

Your breaks should last between 5-10 minutes.

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  • Take a walk
  • Daydream
  • Eat
  • Read
  • Get a coffee (or tea)
  • Doodle
  • Look at adorable animal / baby photos
  • Listen to music
  • Nap
  • Exercise
  • Talk to friends or coworkers
  • Meditate
  • Plan something fun
  • Go outside and see some nature
  • Exercise your eyes
  • Mess around online

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