Reset Your Brain

Did you catch our article on time management? If not, you can find it here! Within the article we mention that an important aspect of any productive day is to take breaks where you don’t think about your work. No matter how busy your day, take time for yourself! It seems as though this time of year is one of the busiest for most. It’s times like now, when we feel like we don’t have even one minute to spare, that we need to take a break the most! We focus best when we take regular breaks.
Here are some tips:
  1. Set a timer- Find a rhythm that works best for you. Set your timer for 30-50 minutes and then remove your mind from your work (take a quick walk around your floor, get a cup of coffee, etc.). These blocks of time will provide you a stretch to work on those important projects with high ranking while staying focused. The time away from the desk will help you rejuvenate your mind before continuing again.  **State employees must adhere to BHR employee policy. It is the policy of the state of South Dakota to allow employees a 15 minute rest period every four hours if the work load permits. The break, however, is not guaranteed.
  2.  Don’t Skip Lunch- Working through lunch may show your supervisor that you are dedicated and a hard worker, but it can also make the rest of your day difficult. Take your lunch break to think about things other than your big project, nurture your body and give yourself the much needed energy to continue with a productive and efficient work day!
  3. Enjoy Nature- Our brains are programmed to reset when we experience the sublime. When you are feeling bogged down, get outside and enjoy the scenery and fresh air. This is the time to let your mind wander! If you can’t get to the outdoors, turn your favorite music on and take five minutes to get lost in the beat.
  4. Vacation-Yes, there is such a thing! Even if your “vacation” consist of one lousy day at home doing absolutely nothing, it will help. Unplug your technology; don’t even think about checking that email! This is the time to work on your personal projects, read a book, or watch TV. This single day away from your desk will refresh your brain, which is just what you need to hit the ground running the next day!

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