On Sunday, I had a 15-minute date with my wife, Barb. We were in Dallas and had a few minutes after Sunday morning Mass before we needed to head back to my cousin’s to pick up my mother prepare to leave. Our 15 minutes were spent at the local Starbucks enjoying each others company.
When I was studying for my Certified Risk Manager test last week, I took a 15 minute break about every 90 minutes. It allowed my brain to rest; my body to get some motion; and my spirit to rejuvenate.
Employees are mandated to take breaks during the day. Not only is it the law, but it’s smart. Studies prove that occasional breaks improve efficiency and productivity.
What about you? Do you allow yourself regular 15 minute breaks to recharge your brain? If you’re an entrepreneur, you may treat yourself worse than any other boss could. If you’re a business person who is in charge of their own schedule, you may do the same.
Reward yourself frequently during the day and give yourself 15 minutes just for you. Parlay that every few weeks into a full day. You will find that taking time for yourself and your most important relationships will not only pay dividends for you personally, but professionally as well.
This week’s quote – “One chance is all you need.”
– Jesse Owens
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