Ready…"BRAKE" November 21 2014
The Importance of Break Time
I am typically a rule follower, but when it comes to certain cases, rules were meant to either be broken or not exist. For example, I eat my meals at my desk. “They” say you’re not supposed to do that. For a few reasons, actually:
- you can’t detach yourself from the source that drains your energy (work)
- you end up eating more (Have some self control, people. Portion your food like the willful people we are envious of.)
- you’re sitting longer (This doesn’t make sense. We sit most of the day only to go home and sit some more.)
- your productivity diminishes, because you become more tired.
I say, that’s rubbish, yo! These thoughts are based off of the idea that people don’t take breaks at all. I understand that. We do need breaks. I just disagree that our breaks need to be so meal centered. Why? Because you need your break time to focus on YOU, not your meals. Many people ask me how I stay stimulated throughout the day, how I find inspiration after sitting in an office majority of the time… How does anybody find inspiration when your office doesn’t have a space dedicated to “idea making”?
The answer is simple… Take a break. Not just any ol’ break though. First tap into what makes you excited. What makes you feel inspired? What activity helps fuel your inner workhorse? I discovered not long after starting at Vintage Electric that I love being outdoors or being active. Having the wind in my hair and feeling the exhilaration of being outdoors at least one moment of my day makes me happy. Heck, even pausing for a dance break makes me happy. My breaks are a little unique, because I am lucky enough to have an E Tracker (or even a bicycle for that matter) at my leisure. If you like to draw, or read, perhaps you should reevaluate your break time and truly eliminate the idea of mealtime.
Breaks are essential to my stimulation and success. It feeds my mind, body and soul.
“Cut to the chase, Sug.” Okay, okay, onto the good stuff. I swear these bikes are insane. I wanted to write about something relatable. Everyone loves a coffee break, but what I underestimated was where this coffee break would take me.
Andrew was kind enough to lend me his E Tracker so I could zip to Los Gatos High School (our old stomping grounds) to meet my mom for coffee. We went to a local coffee shop and sat outside so she could debrief for a moment and I could evaluate my work agenda for the day.
The buzz of the coffee hit me and adrenaline was still surging through my veins from the ride. I had scheduled a morning meeting with a friend who works at Netflix and decided I should proooobably just take the E Tracker to her office.
After my meeting and mayyyybe riding it to a few other locations, I realized I’d carelessly been away for quite some time and it dawned on me that I should probably head back into the office. Ooooops. I got a little carried away on my “break” (productive break, I will add). In all honesty; 10 minutes would have been enough for me.
Riding the bike and being outdoors was everything. Usually just a ride down the street will get me jazzed up enough to be in the office all day and go, go, go. Once I got to the office, my mind couldn’t stop. I even ate at my desk. Take that, Entrepreneur.com!
Case and point: Don’t forget about YOU, and simply do what makes you happy for at least one portion of your day. Adding it to your break time will only make you more productive. I truly believe that.