How can taking some time off
improve YOUR productivity?
Many managers and business leaders forget about this handy-dandy strategy far too often! The concept, again is a simple one, and that’s why I believe it is overlooked 🙂
When we were school children, we did our work and then we had this thing called “recess”. When we were a little older it was often called” gym class” or “after-school sports”. As we become adults we call this “vacation” and “working-out”.
In modern business, if you are an hourly worker, we call this” breaks” or “lunch”. Actually, I don’t believe we are doing this unless it is mandatory. And for business leaders and managers who are doing strategic (mind) work, taking breaks is essential for clarity! I’d love for you to share in the comment section if you are consistently taking several breaks throughout the day and a full lunch break. Yes? No? Maybe?
Taking “time-outs” is critical for your success! Remember back to grade school when recess was so important? Remember how you could get through a great deal of work because you were motivated to see what you could accomplish before your next break? Remember how progress became the game you would play – over and over?
Something has sifted in modern business which has rendered us
to be as productive as we were as school children.
Yep, you heard me right, maybe we did accomplish more
as children – yikes!
Now that is rather mind-blowing isn’t it?
Somehow, over the past 20 years, we have been under a falsehood that working more hours is better and makes us more productive. This, simply isn’t true. I repeat, this simply is not true! Our brains need a little diversion after they have worked hard… We both know that your business leader’s mind is always working hard, even away from your workplace. Don’t be lulled into this unrealistic way of being because precisely the opposite become your reality! The research reveals that working in blocks of time (no more than an hour) and taking breaks assists us in improving our productivity. Ready to give it a try?
Here’s some things I do (when I remember to take my time outs!): go for a quick walk, write and send a letter, go outside and ponder at nature’s wonder, feeling sluggish – do 15 jumping jacks, or read a chapter in a book. Let’s have you add to the list by clicking on that funny little comment box below and see how much fun we can make during our new recesses!
If you or your business needs rescuing on this particular topic
or any other Business Strategies we have been discussing,
please reach out to Maggie (262) 716.7750 FYI: I’m in the Central Time Zone
Blessings of Success to YOU ~
The Business Rescue Coach, Maggie Mongan
Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.
I was raised with the attitude of nose to the grindstone; many bosses in the past chastised me if I weren’t looking productive behind the computer screen. Today…life is easier (at least for me)….I afford myself needed breaks by walking around the office corridors and taking more ‘breaks’; although I’m usually simply thinking of work! I’m lucky I don’t have micro-managers; although many do and I have had in the past. I know I work better when I’m given the freedom to create and produce results.