Take a Break and Be More Effective

There’s no doubt about it. This is a busy time of year! As you work to jugglejuggling the many personal and professional demands the final months of the year bring, it’s important to remember to take breaks, too. Research has shown that taking some time off actually makes us more effective. In her upcoming Infopeople course Managing Digital Overload, instructor Crystal Schimpf discusses the importance of taking breaks from technology, too.

Breaks from technology are beneficial and necessary. Breaks help us manage information better and help our brains to renew and recharge. Research shows breaks can help clear our head, making us more productive and creative when we return. A recent study shows the benefits of taking a short walk once a day at work.

In the course, Schimpf will share a number of specific ways we can effectively take breaks, including tools that can help! Here’s a sneak peek at a few of her suggestions:

Stand Up and Stretch

  • Gently stretch the wrists and hands to relieve tension from repetitive motion.
  • Develop a sequence of stretches to do once daily, such as these stretches from the Mayo Clinic.
  • Download a free app like Big Stretch Reminder to get pop-up reminders on your computer to take a stretch break.

Exercise Your Eyes

  • Prevent eye strain by periodically looking away from your computer and focusing on a distant object. Use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Try using Eyeleo, a free computer app that reminds you to give your eyes a break and offers suggested eye exercises at regular intervals.

Turn Off the Technology

  • If you don’t need your technology, try turning it off (or putting it to sleep) while you work on other things.
  • Freedom is an app that freezes your screen so you have to take a break from technology. The app is free for a basic plan, and additional paid options are available.

Are you a busy task juggler, ready to tackle the challenge of keeping up crystal_schimpfwith all of those blogs to be read, apps to be tried, tasks to be completed, and emails to be read, too? Sign-up for this course to discover strategies and tools… and also for affirmation about the importance of taking a break now and then, too!

Course begins December 8th. Space is still available and registration is open at https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=535


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