How to Relax and Get More Done

Relax and Get More Done

We know that it seems counterproductive, but relaxing might actually help you be more productive. According to a NY Times article,  “A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”

Things like afternoon naps, downtime from work, and vacations (where you don’t check your phone) can actually help you get more done. But how do you know when it’s time for a break? You’ve probably noticed these signs and then promptly ignored them:

  • fatigue
  • eye strain
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • feeling sleepy

The trick is to take a small break when your energy starts to dip. To relax, renew, and recharge, try some tips below:

  • meditate for 5-10 minutes
  • take a 15-minute nap
  • don’t answer emails after work
  • actually take your vacation days
  • sip some tea
  • exercise throughout the day

These are simple principles: recharge more deeply so that you can work better. It’s as simple as turning off your phone after work, taking small breaks throughout the day, and listening to your body.

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