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5 Ways to optimize your break time

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Breaks are essential for breaking up any long work day. Sitting at your desk for hours on end can fry your brain and leave you feeling exhausted. However, it can be hard to figure out how to get the most out of these little pockets of time.

I wanted to reset and recharge my brain to be on top of my next project, but I couldn't find a way that didn't involve me thinking about the task I just completed and all the additional work that needed to get done. I needed a proper distraction, a way to get out of my own head. After some trial and error, I have found a few ways that work splendifirously for me! Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of your small breaks throughout the day. 

1. Read a chapter or two of a book - I always have a book handy to read on the train to and from work everyday. I can quickly get lost within the pages of any story. Reading a chapter or two of whatever book I'm reading is a perfect way to take my mind off work, if only for a few moments. 

2. Pop into the nearby Lush and pick up a bath bomb - Now, I know most people won't work quite as close to a Lush store as I currently do, but never fear, local Walgreens and CVS stores also carry bath products like bath salts and various bubble baths. Taking the time to decide what scented bath I'll be relaxing in later helps to take my mind off the tasks I just completed and everything else  that is on my endless list. 

3. Grab yourself a really good cup of coffee - Now, I don't always have time to make coffee in the morning and in those cases I find myself going to the closest and quickest coffee shop there is before I pop into work. The problem with the quickest and closest coffee shops is that they don't always produce delicious cups of coffee, but more of 'it'll do' kind that just gets you moving through your day. I like to take a break in the middle of my day to walk to a really good coffee shop, to grab what I know will be a really good cup of coffee. It feels like a quiet time out from the rush of tasks to go get that really good cappuccino. 

4. Watch a quick Youtube video - Don't even have the time to leave your desk? Not a problem! Hop on over to Youtube and watch a quick video to recharge your brain for your next project. I find myself to be quite entertained whenever I take the time to watch a video of a tiny hamster eating tiny food!

5. Close your eyes and listen to a Sounds of Nature App - This is another great one if you don't even have the time to leave your desk. Just click over to the app. store and download the the free Custom Sounds of Nature application. You can customize the sounds of the ocean to suit your brain recharging needs, like increasing the sound of the waves and seagulls but decreasing the sound of foghorns and wind chimes! Seriously, wind chimes?

I hope these tips help you get the most of your workday breaks! Got any break optimizing tips of your own? Share them with me in the comments!


  1. Love this, such a good reminder to take time for the little things throughout the day. It really does make you feel better!

    1. Thanks Rebs! These are some of the things that keep me sane! ;)


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