Want to Get More Done in Less Time? Then Try Taking a Break

In recent studies, Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras, found that prolonged attention into a single task will hinder performance.

The study concluded that the brain’s attentional resources decrease after a long period of focusing on a single task.

Additionally, taking quick breaks in between your tasks allows you to reactivate your awareness and attention to the task at hand.

We propose that deactivating and reactivating your goals allows you to stay focused,” he said. “From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task!” – Alejandro Lleras

Relaxing may be the answer to your productivity.

Apply it to yourself

For some people, it’s just not in their nature to take many breaks. For others, it’s the opposite. Taking too many breaks on the other hand can be counterproductive.

Finding a balance is key. And even though it may take some experimentation, go at your own pace, and apply what works for you.

For me, I’ve realized, in order to work at my desired level of performance, I require a prolonged period of “resetting”. This extended breaking will allow me to rejuvenate, review my accomplishments, and plan for what’s to come in the future (which I’m excited to share with you!).

So, for the month of October, I will be taking a temporary leave from writing.

What’s in store for Selfhabit

In the past few months I have been working on multiple projects.

I have now entered the editing stage of my first book, wrote 4 articles for other websites, and am creating the outline for a small productivity-template giveaway.

The 4 articles I wrote were posted on LifeHacker, DBL, and TinyBuddha, and they include:

  1.  The Differences Between an Average and Exceptional Leader
  2. 6 Mindful Habits: Stop Worrying and Start Loving Yourself

I have high goals, and ideas that I want to implement for Selfhabit, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself on my own break and burnout; so I’m only going to introduce a few new changes for Selfhabit that I will give my full attention towards.

Credits: Ankush Gosain

Progress update – Credits: Ankush Gosain – 09/23/2014

 

During November, I’d like to share with you:

  1. My first E-book, regarding information about simplified weight loss, supplements to take, and personal reviews of the top methods for weight loss. (This will be a subscriber giveaway, for free!)
  2. Defining the About page to send a clear and concise message of what this website is all about, and how you fit into the picture.
  3. Simplifying the website to create a clutter free, simple to use, and Ad-Free reading experience.
  4. And finally, I will start to write about working out, health tips, and the tricks I’ve learned since day 1. This can include: (How I workout, My non-diet that let’s me maintain weight and eat whatever I want, The tips and tricks of bodybuilding professionals, My personal progress and overcoming struggles, What personal experiences; and How I’ve lost and gained 10 pounds in 10 days, amongst with personal methods for increasing your strength).

Thank you for sticking around, and hope to see you soon!

For all those who have been following my progress, and also investing time in themselves by reading ways to develop in all aspects of their lives – I want to say thank you.

Thank you, for not only sharing, commenting, and joining me along my journey, but for investing the time, effort, and energy into your own development.

I hope you find the time to take a break, relax, and refresh, as I know I will.

Take care, and I’ll see you soon.

-Dragos Bernat

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Comments

  1. says

    Taking even a 10 minute break can do wonders for your productivity. Even as a younger man, I find that staring at a computer screen is already starting to strain my vision as well, so I bumped up the font size. This small switch has made a world of difference in the amount of focus-related strain on my brain.

    I don’t even have poor vision, but I am future-proofing myself from further strain. But small breaks every now and then are what really provide the much needed relief.

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