How often during your studies or work did you feel like a pounded horse at its last gasp? And how often do you lose taste for your favorite business or the simplest things that were easy yesterday? If your answer is “often” – you are not alone. In Japanese, it even gave birth to a special word “karoshi” – “death from overwork at work.” And in pursuit of “super mega productivity,” we often forget about the most important thing – a rest.

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So, in order to work productively, you need to learn how to rest properly .

How to rest properly:

  1. Rhythmical rest during the working day. Well, let’s strain the convolutions and try to remember how yesterday went by and how exactly did you rest during the working day? Most likely, the rest was spontaneous. Distracted for a few minutes for an interesting discussion on the Internet; a friend called to chat with him; went out to smoke; closed your eyes and dreamed; drank a cup of coffee. Such a spontaneous rest has a number of drawbacks. First of all, it is irregular, and man is a biological being, accustomed to various rhythms. Therefore, the first principle, which I recommend to add to rest during the working day, is rhythm. Simply put: use a small scheduled rest at strictly defined intervals.Typically, the optimal mode is about 5 minutes rest every hour. Maybe 10 minutes after 1.5 hours. The duration of an hour to an hour and a half is the most comfortable interval for a person to work continuously. Remember the school and university: the lesson – 45 minutes, the lecture – 1.5 hours.No matter how busy your work day is, no matter what kind of work is going on in business – all the same, allocate these 5 minutes per hour. Invest time in these five-minute rest, work without them is extremely inefficient.

    Rest is necessary for everyone, there is no superhumans.

  2. Maximum switching in rest

    So, you have allocated a 5-minute rest in your schedule. But most likely, you, like me, are faced with a problem, what to occupy yourself with in these five minutes? I think such scenarios are used:

    • I’ll call a friend;
    • I’ll go out for a smoke;
    • I will look something interesting on the Internet;
    • I will pour flowers;
    • I’ll have a cup of tea.

    Let’s try to estimate the degree of “switching”, which gives different scenarios, on a five-point scale. For example:
    1 point. Remaining at the same workplace, at the same position (sitting), looking at the same computer, straining the same intellect – to read something not according to the work on the Internet.
    2 points. Staying in the same workplace, turning away from the computer, call a friend or a close person and talk on non-working topics.
    3 points. Go to make tea. And drink it near the open window. So we changed our location, warmed up a little and feed the body with oxygen.
    4 points. Go outside, admire the blue sky and green trees, completely disconnect from the work environment.
    5 points. Go out into the street, do some simple exercises that allow you to stretch your joints, rest your eyes tired of the monitor, completely forget about all the working problems


The stronger the switching during the five-minute rest is, the better you will rest and regain strength. Be sure to leave the workplace, make a “physical break”. If there is no possibility to go out into the street – walk along the corridor. If you work with people – stay alone. If you analyze the numbers – call a good friend and discuss something emotionally-pleasant. I also recommend doing some simple physical exercises: slopes, squats, etc. It will perfectly restore your strength and energy for work!

What do you think about this?