Working From Home? Here's Why You Need to Take Breaks.

Elsa Lee

Elsa Lee

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Mastering Remote Work

Working from home sounds like a dream come true to most people. No commutes, comfortable clothes, and nobody standing over your shoulder.

While there are perks, it requires more self-discipline to manage your productivity.

Instead of rigid conference room meetings, lunches with colleagues, and other structured periods in your day, time management is generally up to you.

One question you might ask yourself: "When is the best time to take a break?"

Optimize Break Time

The easy answer: organize breaks at set times of the day.

But there's a better method: rest between Flow States.

Psychologists refer to Flow as the times where you are totally absorbed by and deeply focused on a task, beyond the point of distraction.

Studies show that in order to reach a Flow State you must first eliminate all distractions. (This includes watching the clock for the time of your next break!)

The goal is to get into Flow and stay there for as long as possible. And that means being smarter about break time. 

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Reward Yourself

Once you finish a task, take a moment to breathe, get up and stretch, and reward yourself for what you have accomplished. Break time is just as important for your productivity as Flow time. 

Working this way enables you to take breaks at optimal times, those best suited for your work patterns—not according to the clock.

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