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Monday, January 18, 2010

Take a Break

Once, in Pasadena City Hall, I saw a sign on a staff bulletin board. It said: "TO ALL EMPLOYEES: Due to cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off until further notice."

But we need the "light at the end of the tunnel" (unless, as another joke has it, it's on the front of an oncoming train).

Any task is easier when we break it into smaller parts. Overweight walkers (like me) know the trick of saying "just go to that next phone pole," then "the bus stop," then "the Krispy Kreme" (just kidding) and pretty soon we're "there."

So, whether you're painting the living room or sitting in a cubicle, schedule some breaks. Give yourself the chance to say, "Just xx more minutes."

And be sure your breaks are breaks. If you're painting the living room, go out and sit on the porch. At work, don't take breaks (or--horrors!--eat lunch) at your desk. Put some distance between you and the phone and the computer, and relax.

Even a short break can rejuvenate, if it's done right. And don't waste the chance to rest on weekends and vacations. Don't spend "me time" as "their time."

So give yourself a break. Chop your work into chunks, and give yourself something to look forward to.

You'll be happier.

1 comment:

  1. Chopping work into pieces is the only way I can handle boring work like paying bills as I am right now. So this chance to check facebook was my break and reward.

    Glad to have taken an ebreak with your words.
    Bob B