The last thing a busy person wants to hear is: “Quit something, you are doing too much!” I enjoy being busy. It’s a lifestyle choice. And I love all my jobs (translator, music teacher and alternative high school / LBS program coordinator). Why quit one? I wouldn’t know which one to choose: my three jobs bring me joy, a sense of accomplishment, a challenge, lots of learning opportunities, and I get to meet and work with wonderful people. So, when I recently read the following post on social media: “Learn to take breaks, not quit,” I learned to do just that. I integrated more planned and worthy breaks into my schedule.
Here is a list of questions you should ask yourself to make your breaks count.
- Why do you feel like you need a break?
- Are you physically or emotionally tired?
- Do you feel as if you need to take a break at the same time every day or just after certain activities?
- What do you do during your breaks?
- Are you transferring your work to another activity or are you actually taking a break?
- How long do your breaks last? How long should your breaks last?
Repeat after me: “You are not a robot.” Even if your friends don’t understand how you can fit everything you do in a day, you still have limits. Most of us have very busy lives where we try to have a healthy balance between family and work responsibilities and expectations. Therefore, make your breaks count.