Published on October 30th, 2018 | by Jose Vasquez0
How to Take a Perfect Break in Startup Tech Companies
Learning to take ideal breaks is essential to build your productivity.
I spend so much time talking about how to work effectively in startup tech companies, I thought I’d switch gears to talk about the importance of taking a break.
Entrepreneurs tend to be hardworking people, and naturally passionate about their startup ideas. Accordingly, they’re resistant to the idea of taking breaks. However, after spending too many hours working on tasks and projects, those hours start to have diminishing returns, compromising your productivity and leading you toward burnout.
Instead, it’s better to take frequent breaks, to rest your mind and decompress, and these tips can help you make the most of them:
- Set a timer. First, set a timer so you don’t get lost in a rabbit hole. If you want to take a break in two hours, set the timer for two hours; don’t just tell yourself you’ll break when you feel like it. While you’re at it, set a timer for the break itself, so you get back to work when you intend to.
- Break in the middle of a task. It’s tempting to finish work on a task before you go on break, but it’s better for your mind to break in the middle of one. You’ll get all the normal benefits of a break, but it will be much easier to come back to your work, since you can pick up where you left off rather than building a new line of momentum.
- Do as little as possible during the break. Don’t take a break only to check your emails or work on a different project. Instead, take a walk, listen to music, or take a short nap. Remember, the point is to rest.
- Vary break length. Short breaks and long breaks each have advantages and disadvantages, so try to make use of some of each during the day.
- Experiment to learn what works best for you. Everyone responds differently to different break patterns, so make sure to experiment so you learn which combinations work best for you!
If you’re looking for more tips on how to boost your productivity as a startup tech entrepreneur, you can keep reading my blog, or contact me directly for a free consultation!