Saturday, 15 December 2012 06:31

4 Reasons You Should Take a Break

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TakeabreakWhen you’re working, you want to get your tasks done as fast as possible. However, sometimes when you’re sitting in front of your desk and working nonstop without breaks, it could do you more harm than good.

Generally when talking about breaks, what a boss will think of is an employee who’s slacking off and wasting time. Yet, just because a worker takes a break, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s slacking off. Sometimes it’s to be more productive and to be a better worker. Here are some ways taking a break helps you be a better employee.

You’ll come back with more focus – When you get exposed to something for too long, it becomes hard to concentrate. The longer you try fixing something and keep failing, this harder it will be to stay focused. Due to the repeated process of working on it over and over again, you’re missing important details that can help you get the job done sooner. Taking a break from what you’re doing will help you come back with a renewed perspective.

Get new ideas – It’s hard to come up with new ideas when all you see is the same thing every day. Even the best writers go blank at certain points in their writing, and they go different places to find new inspiration for their work. When you’re stuck and out of ideas, taking a break at the water cooler or bathroom can help you think of new ideas.

Your mind needs to rest – Anyone who thinks that going to the gym seven days a week would help them achieve their goal faster is wrong. Your body won’t be able to handle the stress you’re putting on it. You need to let your body recharge to get optimal results. The same goes with our minds; we can’t go a full week working nonstop and not expect to have repercussions.

If you want your body and mind working with you and not against you, you also need to give them a break from the stress of your work.

Give yourself a chance to stretch and wake up those sleeping muscles – Most people today are living sedentary lifestyles, mainly due to office work in which they don’t do much physical activity. Taking a break will allow you to walk around and put those muscles to use while you let your mind relax for a few minutes.

It doesn’t matter if you’re working nonstop or searching for a job; you still need to take a break once in a while. Afterward, you can get back to whatever you’re doing with fresh ideas and stronger focus.

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Alan Carniol

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