Productivity Tip: Take a Five Minute Break

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Image of "5:00"Is your mind muddled, confused and overwhelmed?

Sometimes you just need to take five…literally!

In this post I offer a friendly reminder of the importance of taking breaks, especially when you are in the thick of things.

When’s the last time you took a solid five-minute break?

That is, a complete and total break from whatever it is you happen to be working on at the moment.

Five minutes may not seem like a long period of time, but even a short break such as this can really help you refresh and refocus your attention.

Below are a few different tips you can try to change things up a bit and give yourself a break. You deserve it!

Change your physical location.

If you’re sitting, stand for a bit. If you’re working indoors, go outdoors. Try moving from one area or room of your office or home for another. If you’ve been still, maybe it’s time for a quick, brisk walk outdoors or an impromptu dance break jamming to your favorite tunes.

Let your imagination run wild.

When’s the last time you let your mind wander? It’s as simple as looking out the window to see what’s going on outside, picking up a pencil and doodling a bit on a piece of paper, or thinking about what exotic location you’d next like to visit for your annual vacation.

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Consider doing nothing at all.

That’s right, I mean absolutely nothing! Do you have the patience to sit or stand still for five whole minutes? You could keep your eyes open or closed, but the idea is to just be still and relax. This might make those five minutes seem like an absolute eternity, but hey, couldn’t you use a mini-vacation from whatever it is you are doing? Go ahead and just relax…it will be time to get back to work before you know it.

How about you? When’s the last time you took a full five-minute break? Will you take one today after reading this post? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.
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