Productivity Tip: Taking a Break is Not a Sign of Weakness

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A little cat nap might just be what the productivity doctor ordered…

Are you reluctant to take breaks from your work or play?

Do you think stopping will slow you down and/or cause you a major setback?

Today’s post is a reminder that taking a break is not a sign of weakness.

Why is taking a break often considered a sign of weakness?

I’m not one hundred percent certain why this is the case, but I’m guessing it’s a skewed perception of productivity.

I suppose it stems from the thought that if you are constantly working you must be productive.

Ah, but if this were only the case!

You and I are human.

We are not robots.

We need to take regular breaks to rest, refresh and regroup.

Breaks help us recharge and get ready for our next endeavors, be they big or small.

Consider the following everyday examples of taking a break:

  • Is going to sleep after a long day at work, school or play day a sign of weakness? (Nope, you are resting.)
  • Is feeding yourself nutritious food at mealtimes a sign of weakness? (Nope, you are recharging.)
  • Is stopping the car on a long car trip to use the restroom a sign of weakness? (Certainly not!)

In fact, taking a break is really about preparing for the future. You are taking time to rest up so you will be in a better frame of mind, better shape or just better prepared to handle whatever is coming down the pike.

The next time you’re feeling doubtful, flip your thoughts around and consider how your break will help you better prepare you for your future. You might just be inspired to take that much-needed break!

Now to you…are you reluctant to take breaks as you work or play? Why or why not? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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