I know. Life is hectic. Tough. Lots to do. No time to take a break now. But if you cease to exist because of all that you are trying to cram in to your life, you won’t be around to regret it. Oh wait, I just realized that being around to regret it is much worse (and very expensive).
But productivity is not about:
- working all hours
- burning the midnight oil
- skipping your meals because you are too busy to eat
- slogging through your lunch hour
- sitting at your computer clacking away at your keyboard all the time
- becoming an extension of your desk
- believing that taking a break now is a sin
- thinking it is okay to sacrifice time with your loved ones
- assuming that you don’t need free time
If you think that being a workaholic is the best way to become more productive, it is time to think again. Because you, my dear friend, need to take a break now. Because addiction to work, like anything else, can be fatal. Literally.
Take a break now
When you work continuously ditching those breaks here is what you can expect: increased risk of weight gain and heart disease. And that’s only the tip of the disease-iceberg. Things can get much worse, really.
Did you know that if you’re eyeballing your computer screen for more than two hours a day, it causes Computer Vision Syndrome? This is a condition where your vision becomes blurry, you develop headaches and dry eyes. Essentially, you’re looking at a future with reduced vision and possibly, long term nearsightedness, lousy posture and a big butt (not in an attractive way, though).
So what can you do?
Okay, enough with the doom and gloom. The solution to being a maniac who thinks work is everything is simple. All you have to do is get up – and away – from your desk for just five minutes. You can do this! Just five minutes. This can ease the strain on your eyes, while reducing fatigue. Oh, and you’ll feel a lot better! You’re welcome!
Better still, try standing at your desk instead of sitting. I do this often, ever since I wrote about how sitting can kill you. The icing on this particular cake? You burn. up. to. 2500. calories. a. week. Yes. Standing around is all you have to do. Easy eh? Not for hours and hours, mind you. Just for as long as you can, comfortably. Then walk around a little. Stretch a little. Get that blood flowing through your body.
You can continue to be the star employee or entrepreneur that you are – all you have to do is take a break now. And if your job doesn’t let you do that, maybe it is time to explore more career options. Don’t let your ego get in the way.
Doesn’t healthier, happier sound good? Yes. Health is wealth.
If you are:
- Guilty of sitting too much
- Thinking it is a crime to take a break now
……it is time to change your thinking and your habits.
Regret is not a nice thing. And if you’re postponing fun stuff, assuming you can always do it later, remember that “later” never arrives. You have to seize it yourself. It is true that time and tide wait for no man, or woman.
The time is now, not someday. Because someday is not a day of the week.
It is time to take a break now! Before it is too late. Stress can actually kill you, you know!
So tell me:
How do you keep your energy levels up?
Please share your tips in the comments.