Find yourself getting sleepy at the computer? Writers block setting in? Does your brain feel cloudy? Feel your motivation level drop off at certain times throughout the day?
These are all common symptoms of fatigue and lack of focus (I can hear the scientists wanting to bash me for that general statement, oh well!). The symptoms aren’t as important as the reason why they happen…and more importantly how to resolve them.
When sleepiness creeps in and lack of focus blurs your brain from moving forward it can be devastating to your day and getting the things you need to done.
The cause can be anything from lack of sleep, starring at a monitor for too long, and eating the wrong foods (which spike your sugar level up and down) to name a few.
Get Your Groove Back
Luckily there is an easy solution to all of this. Short breaks.
I’ve found taking 5 minute breaks throughout the day to be extremely effective in refocusing my mind and generating new ideas – not to mention helping me get more done throughout the day.
5 Minute Tips
You can take the 5 minutes anytime you need them. I usually do every hour or two.
Here are a few ways I spend those 5 minutes:
- Doing push ups and sit ups – While I go to the gym daily, this break not only gets the blood moving around my body (great for energy), it keeps me fit and pumped to get back to work.
- Take a walk. Yeah I know, 5 minutes isn’t much time for a walk. But I’ll stroll out to drop off the mail and stretch my legs.
- Fresh air. This is similar to the above, but there’s something about fresh air. Whether I hit the patio or walk a couple of blocks, fresh air does wonders.
- Read a magazine. I’ll pick up one of the magazines we have a subscription to, like Inc or National Geographic and read an article. This takes my mind off whatever I’m working on – great – and it also helps to generate new ideas.
- Make an espresso. Yeah, this is probably more caffeine than anything else, but as I wait for the water to steam up I get to relax my mind.
Those are just a few ideas I’ve found helpful.
Share how you take your 5 minute break or if you have another tip for getting your energy back (or keeping it) throughout the day in the comments below.