10 Ways to Take a Break, Get Refueled and Stay Productive!

We all know that the secret to staying productive is making it a point to regularly replenish mental, emotional and physical resources through refueling, rest and recreational activities. But as a small business owner, this may not be as easy as it sounds.


Here are 10 easy ways to help you refresh and stay productive.

  1. Take a break. Schedule two 10-15 minute breaks in the morning and another two in the afternoon to let your mind get off-task and reset. Listen to music, take a walk, and watch your worries melt away.
  2. Go out for lunch. If you eat lunch at your desk, you’re not really taking a break. Get outside for a change of scenery and take in the fresh air. Plus, have a healthy meal, and savor the flavors as you eat.
  3. Think and reflect. Set aside 15 minutes to think about what you like to do, what makes you happy, and what brings you energy
  4. Set aside time. Turn off your laptop and and schedule time for family, hobbies, exercise, and other pursuits on weekends. In addition to your work calendar, keep a “life” calendar of events, social activities and recreation for evenings and weekends.
  5. Get a hobby. Engage your mind in different ways through a new hobby or sport. Practice or work on your hobby at least once a week.
  6. Exercise. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day–it doesn’t have to be intense, just something that gets your blood flowing and your muscles moving.
  7. Take a real vacation. Set aside 2 weeks to shut off, this means no work phone calls and no work email. Part of this hiring wisely so you feel secure stepping away without your company missing a beat.
  8. Sleep. Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, your body will tell you how much it needs. Sleep works essential functions in our bodies…it isn’t optional..
  9. Delegate. Free your time up to do what you’re best at and to get necessary rest.
  10. Get outside. Step out into nature! A study at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh found that a walk in a park reduces frustration, increases meditation, and leads to higher engagement afterwards.
How do you take a break, get refreshed and stay productive?


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