Thoughts On Time Management: Why Not Taking A Break Can Negatively Affect Productivity and Stress You Out!

Ever find yourself questioning everything as your to-do list starts to build, you still have mountains of work to do despite working diligently, and your creativity has taken a nosedive? By overworking yourself, you may be setting yourself up for brain drain whereby everything suffers.

It happens to everyone, but rather than giving into beating yourself down over it, give yourself a break!

Get out of your own head for a while when you begin questioning yourself too much. By giving yourself room to breathe, it will help to shed light on possibilities you once perceived as boundaries.

The old saying goes, you can’t beat a dead horse. However, that’s what you’re doing if you try to force something. Sure, many people work well under pressure, as it keeps one attention to a particular task, but if you find yourself struggling (even during crunch time) it may serve you well to take a break to clear your thoughts.

Sometimes NOT taking a break can lead to sheer exhaustion. It happens all too often when you push yourself that by the time you surrender and go to bed, you’re left staring at the ceiling only dreaming of sleep. Nothing like burning the midnight oil, only to have your thoughts cycling and you’re left getting little to no sleep.

You may be hesitant to grant yourself permission to take a break. It’s easy to push oneself to get one more item checked off the to-do list but ask yourself what difference it makes if you are done 10 minutes later or an hour when you can feel more refreshed? There’s scientific proof that illustrates that brief diversions can increase productivity as noted in Science News.

So why not break free from multi-tasking? It may be what the doctor ordered.

Back away from your computer. Don’t worry, it will be there when you get back. I’ve never known one to get up and walk away on its own accord.

Work on a completely different task. Remember having to study for a college exam? Was it not one of the quickest ways to get motivated to completely rearrange your dorm room?! Take it and fly with it! At least you will be accomplishing something that is on your to-do list as well as clear your thoughts.

In that vein, switch gears to engaging on Instagram with other bloggers/creatives, schedule your twitter feed, or brainstorm blog post ideas to keep it work related or do the prep work for supper, clean an area of your place that needs sprucing up, or write out your shopping list for chores surrounding your home.

Get Moving. While you’ve been working out your brain, remember your body needs a workout too. Whether going for a walk or finding your favorite YouTube workouts to do in the comfort of your home get active to increase productivity.

According to the Anxiety and Depressions Association of America, “Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.”

#TreatYoSelf You know as well as I do you’re jonesing for your favorite cup of Joe. Go on and go get or make your favorite home brew. Even better yet, schedule time for a coffee date! Being social will ease tension and gives you the opportunity to bounce ideas off from someone if you’re feeling a mental block.

When all else fails, look at something cheery! My go-to are yellows and pinks. My grandma had a yellow, smiley-face cup full of pens on her desk for years. It matched the smiley face printed apron all her grandkids wore when they used to “help” at my grandparent’s store. The combo of color and the smiling face always made me smile on the inside. Sometimes that’s all it takes to reframe your thinking.

Think vibrant yellow like in this styled-stock image below from @wonderfelle. Instantly yellow puts me in a better frame of mind whereby I feel less guarded and tense. Ok, I’ll admit it’s rather simplistic, but check out The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding by and you’ll find yellow is associated with OPTIMISM!!

Scrolling through my Instagram feed, through all the beautiful colors and images, always does the trick for me! ♥

This post is part of the 52-Week Blog Challenge. The 52-Week Blog Challenge was started by Britts Daily Dose & Sit Back And Just Live. I’m enjoying the challenge as a way to get myself into blogging consistently and it’s fun! If you want to participate you can too! All you need to do is 1. post the banner at the top of the post and 2. link both of their blogs in your post!

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Originally published at on May 1, 2017.

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