Taking Breaks Can Be the Secret to Being a Great Entrepreneur

Everyone knows someone who wears their busyness like a badge of honor. They brag about “never” having time to cook, go to the beach, or even get enough sleep. They boast about not taking breaks during a typical day of work as well, but are these people really more productive? 

At this point, there’s a lot of data out there to suggest achieving and maintaining a health work-life balance is a much better way to approach entrepreneurship and lasting success.

Here’s how to flip the script and make that shift in thinking work for you.

The Benefits of Taking Breaks

If you’re an entrepreneur, you don’t need to be told that time is precious. It’s the one resource there never seems to be enough of, so it’s not hard to understand why the concept of downtime might seem counterproductive. However, both short breaks away from your desk throughout the work day and longer work-life balance breaks from all things office-related come attached to powerful benefits.

  • Giving your mind a chance to focus elsewhere is a powerful way to reboot your creativity, not only while you’re at work, but in every other area of your life as well.
  • Breaks can actually help keep you on task by streamlining your schedule and encouraging better time management.
  • Making room for enough downtime in your schedule lowers stress levels and promotes better health on every level.

Making sure you’re working to live, as opposed to living to work, is the best way to remain motivated and passionate about what you do. You’ll not only be happier, but you’ll avoid the possibility of burnout as well.

How To Get Started

If you’re like most, you’ve been thoroughly conditioned to see constant busyness as the key to success, and undoing that conditioning will take time. That said, start small. Think about when your peak productivity hours occur during your average workday, and take short but regular rest periods. (Try 15 minutes away followed by an hour of work to begin with.) What you do with your break is up to you, but restorative pastimes like reading or a quick, head-clearing workout are great ideas.

Promote a more positive overall work-life balance by treating yourself to a full-on technology break at least once a week as well. Spend that time with your family or falling back in love with a favorite hobby. You’ll love what it does not only for your health and wellbeing, but your professional productivity. 

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