Why Taking a Break Improves Your Productivity

How Improving Your Rest Improves Your ProductivitySometimes the work day just flows naturally. Everything seems to be going your way; you’re thinking quick on your feet, checking tasks off left and right and making major progress on your most important projects. These are the days when you’re excited to get started in the morning and maybe even a little disappointed to leave at the end of the day.

Why can’t every workday be that perfect?

On other days, you feel like you’re fighting with a fog just to stay on task. You’re working slowly and beating down distractions like a game of whack-a-mole. What gives?

The answer may not lie with how you are working. Instead, it might actually involve what you’re doing when you’re not working. Rest — ranging from a mental recharge that might be as brief as 10 minutes to a full night’s sleep — is integral to a productive workday. Even if you’re already taking breaks and putting in your eight hours, you still have room to improve. Here’s how:

Take Better Breaks

If you’re not taking any breaks during your workday, now is the time to start. Expecting your brain to perform at peak level for eight hours straight is like trying to run a marathon without pacing yourself. You may be fine at first; you might even do a passable job for weeks or even months! But sooner or later, you’re going to burn out. What used to feel easy will feel insurmountable. Don’t let this happen; pace your workday with brain-refreshing breaks.

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3 Reasons Why Small Biz Owners Deserve Summer Vacations

It’s that time of the year: long weekend time! A time to wrap up all projects at work for the weekend, keep your Outlook unopened, and hopefully your iPhone or Blackberry will also be closed for business. Who wants to be plugged in when there are barbecue grills to fire up, pools to splash in, and road trips (insert mandatory exclamation point here:!) to hit the road with?

Surprisingly for small business owners, that answer is less than half. According to BusinessNewsDaily,about 46% of small business owners will go on a summer vacation this year. This is compared to the 67% that took vacations in 2006. Granted, it was a different time in ’06, both for the economy and gas prices. But we here at MyCorp are betting to guess that those who don’t take the time off for summer vacations might not be taking this Memorial Day weekend off either. Finding the line between career and personal life for many individuals is beginning to blur, as the digital age mandates that we stay completely plugged in, logged in, and sending auto-replies at all times. Continue reading

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