Remote working can often be a lonely and sedentary experience. For most of us, it involves sitting all day long at a desk, staring at a computer.
You might discover that the office environment had more variety than you realized.
How do you maintain the concentration you need to get your tasks done? The key to success is to take breaks throughout the day.
Here’s an example of a schedule a remote worker may follow:
You might work for 50 minutes at a stretch, then take a 10-minute break to get up and move around.
That break helps to refresh and recharge your mind so you can get back to work with renewed concentration.
You might find that each hour flies by and your attention starts flagging at 55 minutes. In this case, working for an hour at a time may be better for you.
For a particularly difficult task, you might make it shorter, working for 30 minutes at a time.
As remote worker, you have the ability to manage your own time, so you can set these chunks however long you want. You can also do anything during your breaks that relaxes you and gets your mind off work.
Here are some tips for taking successful breaks:
Set Alarms. Use a kitchen timer or your smartphone to set alarms so you don’t have to think about when the next break is coming.
Snack. Eat a light, healthy snack to recharge your brain during breaks. A glass of water is a good idea too.
Don’t Burn Out. Set your break times so that you stop work before you get tired and feel burnt out.
Exercise or Meditate. A great way to recharge during breaks is to do some light exercise or meditation. Walk around the block or do a deep breathing exercise for 5 minutes.
Experiment with work and break times and see what works best for you.
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