During my retail career and my time at United Way, social media was an escape from work, and I often turned to one of the many apps during my breaks. Now that I’ve transitioned to my current position at TGR Foundation writing and social media are major functions of my role, and now I need an escape from them.
There have been many studies and experts who attest to the need for breaks during the day, not to mention the right granted by law. Everyone who works a 40-hour work week should take a minimum of three breaks during the day including two paid rest breaks and one meal break lasting 30 minutes to an hour. While these periods and the time granted vary across different states, companies and organizations, there is usually a similar standard. See your employee handbook or the state labor and employment guidelines for specifics. Below are some activities to clear your mind, maximize your time and achieve productivity on your next break that have worked for me; walks and word puzzles are two of my favorites.
1. Take a walk.
2. Engage your brain outside of technology.
- Word Puzzles
3. Connect with friends and family.
Sometimes we get so busy with our life lists, everyday tasks and routines that days, months and years go by since we’ve spoken with loved ones. Use your break to make a quick call or write a note. You’ll be glad you did.
4. Have a meal or snack.
Nutrition is another key to health and productivity.
5. Run errands within close proximity to your workplace.
Plan ahead to complete tasks that can be done during your breaks.
Bonus: Take a nap.
Sometimes it's helpful for me to close my eyes for a few minutes after staring at a screen for several hours.
How do you escape from social media and/or remain productive on your work breaks?
Jasmine C. Tate