You Need a Break

Taking Breaks Improves Productivity

Let’s face it, running a business is a lot of work!  Not only are you dealing with the day to day operations, you’re also faced with a whole bunch of what-ifs.  They’re those things in the business that don’t have answers, and you have to figure out the best course of action.

When you’re running a business, it seems that working harder and longer hours will help to get more and more done.  The more you get done, the better your foundation will be.  The problem, however, is that our bodies are not capable of doing hours and hours of work without breaks.

Take a Break; Get More Done

Studies over the years have shown that those who take regular breaks actually end up getting more done than those that are trying to power their way through and work extra hard.  The reasons are actually pretty simple.

Avoid Decision Fatigue – Our brains are only able to make a certain number of decisions throughout the day.  Big or little, each decision wears on our brain causing us to slow down.  It’s the entire reason that people like Mark Zuckerberg wear non-descript clothing; no decision first thing in the morning.

Spark Creativity – When we take a break from a project, our brains keep mulling things over even when we aren’t consciously thinking about them.  The result is that we can have creative insights when we sit back down.

Reset Focus – It can be difficult to focus for long periods of time.  When you take a break, you remove yourself from that focus and you can let yourself recharge a bit.  It’s like a reset button so you can start again fresh.

The list of benefits goes on and on when you incorporate breaks into your daily routine.  But you have to be careful not to take the wrong breaks.

How to Take a Break

Not all breaks are created equal.  And taking more breaks doesn’t mean things will keep getting better.  There’s a certain amount of self discipline needed.

Short Regular Breaks – If you work for 15 minutes, and then take a 2 hour break, you’re going to have a bad time.  Longer breaks don’t mean that you are going to be able to recharge even more than a short break.  In fact, most studies agree that a short 8 to 15 minute break every 60 t o 90 minutes is ideal.

Structured Breaks – Your breaks shouldn’t be haphazard.  That means you don’t go 6 hours and take a 2 minute break, then go 30 minutes and take a 30 minute break.  Instead, plan your day so that breaks can fall in the natural sequence of projects.  When you do break, get back to work when the break is over; no dawdling around.

Long Regular Breaks – Throughout the day, you need several small breaks to recover.  Throughout the year, you need several longer breaks to re-energize.  These are your summer vacations, time off at Christmas, and the like.  Don’t skip the vacation to work; skip the work so you can get more done when you’re back.

Return Full Force – The purpose of the break is to get you back on focus.  So when you’re back at your desk, in the office, or back to work, you hit it full force.  Most people get the most done first thing in the morning; the same concept applies after a break.  You’re recharged, refreshed, and ready to go.

Bring on a Business Consultant

Running a business can be daunting.  In every business there are big what-ifs that you have to just take an educated guess on the best course of action.  But in every business there are some best practices that a consultant can help you get through.

If you’re struggling, and you want to take things to the next level, that’s where we come in.  As business, or management, consultants we can help your business create the foundation necessary to grow.  Contact us to learn more and to schedule a time to talk.

Paul Tripp