Too often, employees feel pressured to work through the day with no break. Learning how to incorporate breaks into your daily routine will help you manage your stress. Use the following activity to keep track of your breaks.
Throughout the workday, keep a list of each break you take, marking both the length and the time of day.
Keep a list of everything you did during the break.
Write a list of ways you think you could improve your break schedule.
Do you need more breaks?
Are there activities you want to do (take a walk, call a loved one)?
Remember, planning too few breaks may cause you to take breaks that will be less thoughtful and refreshing. You may end up scrolling through email or doing something else that does not recharge you. It's counter-productive to deny the very human need to rest!
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