Taking micro-breaks to reboot your brain
In these uncertain times, many of us are privileged enough to be able to work from home, though this way of working presents a new set of challenges. One of the pitfalls of working from home can be the increased number of distractions that inhibit our productivity.
Instead of beating ourselves up about this fact, we suggest incorporating distractions in a purposeful way, called micro-breaks. Try setting an alarm every 40 minutes or so to get up from your desk and do something different for two minutes, your brain and body will thank you for it.
These very small breaks can ease stress, help prevent pain and injury, and bring you back to focus. A 2017 study found that surgeons who took 1.5 to 2-minute micro-breaks to stretch every 20 to 40 minutes eased pain in joints and improved their performance in surgery. Another study from 2015 found that microbreaks sharpened the attention of assembly line workers.
Micro-breaks are a great way to increase productivity in your normal workplace but may be even more important while you are at home to prevent extended periods of procrastination.
Some ideas for micro-breaks could be:
- Making yourself a cup of tea
- Doing a quick yoga pose or stretch
- Skipping rope or doing burpees
- Getting a quick snack