The Year of a Mindful Career: Break Time

“Who has time for a break?”

When I’d overheard this statement, it made me sad. Sure, we often plough through breaks because of deadlines or because we are so absorbed in our work. But is that healthy? Apparently not.

According to a study at the University of Illinois, performance and functioning declines. “Even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.”

So why don’t we recognize this valuable statistic and do more?

Apparently because we’re doing it wrong.

An article in the Huffington Post cites that the breaks we are taking are not really breaks at all but just diversions to another energy draining activity.

Wow, we are certainly gluttons for punishment.

We need to take a break. A real break. A mindful break.

I took one today and enjoyed a walk around the building. I offered “hellos” and got some great ones back that lifted my spirits tremendously. I also got a lot of steps registered on my pedometer and felt refreshed when I went back to my workspace.

Imagine what it can do for you?

Personal Challenge: Take at least two “real” breaks today. Give yourself permission. Journal about the results of your efforts.

Learn more about The Year of a Mindful Career.

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