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Why You Should Take 10 Minutes a Day to Do NOTHING The smart people and the companies they work for are realizing that encouraging breaks can actually improve productivity.

By Jeff Shuey

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog

Most people start the day running in high gear and they never let up until the end of the day. Sometimes not even then. Their brains are still going 100 miles an hour as they try and get some sleep just so they can do it all over again the next day.

That's not a good way to start or end your days. If this is how your days are going I have a suggestion for you.

My suggestion… Take 10 Minutes to do nothing. Not One Thing.

But, wait… you might be thinking "How can I get away doing nothing?"

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The smart people and the companies they work for are realizing that encouraging breaks can improve productivity. Studies have shown that taking breaks is smart and effective.

How to Get Started

Just try this. Take a 10 minute break at some time during your day. Do this just one time a day for a week. Then expand it to two times a day. As you start to utilize these 10 Minute Breaks to increase your focus and effectiveness you may decide to add even more 10 minute breaks. Remember — Just Take 10.

My suggestion is to start first thing in the morning. If that feels too unnatural try to do sometime before lunch. The reason is that once you've gone through most of your day it might be too hard to slow down and Just Take 10.

Why Take Breaks?

To avoid burnout, to recharge, to seek a new perspective on something. There are a lot of reasons why you should take a break. I'm sure you can come up with 5 good reasons to take breaks right now. The main thing is… Just Take 10… at least once a day. You'll find that your thinking becomes more relaxed and you'll look forward to your next break. Which will reinforce the need and desire to work hard in the interim until you can do it again and Just Take 10.

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Take More Effective Breaks

Doing nothing is OK. Doing nothing while walking around and getting your heart rate up, even a little, is better. Studies have shown that increasing your heart rate and getting your blood flowing increases the effectiveness of your breaks.

Whether you decide to Walk, Read or otherwise Relax… or to literally do nothing you will likely find your productivity increases and that you actually get more done than before. When you do this you will Stand Out in Your Career and people will seek you out because you'll be able to help them too.

Remember… to get started… Just Take 10.

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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, K2 and Gimmal. Follow him on Twitter @jshuey or on LinkedIn: in/JeffShuey.


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