Why Taking a Break is Essential to Maintaining Productivity

Taking a break gives you time to refocus.


Which agent do you think is more productive?

Agent A works all the time, and tries to squeeze 26 hours of work into a 24 hour day. He never takes breaks, and only takes time off when he has to (such as major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving). Agent A never takes vacations, and can’t remember the last date night he had with his significant other. Work, work, work and work some more is Agent A’s motto.

Agent B works in 90 minute blocks, and takes a thirty minute break between blocks in order to switch gears mentally. While he focuses hard during those 90 minutes, he also makes sure to schedule down time during the day. He can often be found taking a walk or jog around the block, having lunch with his significant other or taking a quick snooze. He schedules at least one day off during the week to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones, and he has set aside time for vacations.

So, who’s the most productive agent? Although many of us would say that Agent A is more productive than Agent B, in reality Agent B is the most productive. Why? He takes breaks. Specifically, he schedules time to relax and refocus his energy. It may seem as though Agent A is getting more done; however, by working all the time, he’s less focused and ripe for burnout.

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Here are 3 reasons why taking a break makes you more productive:

1. To be at your best, you need to rest. It’s possible to keep plugging away at a task over and over again, but will you churn out your best work? No way. In order to function at an optimal level, you have to take a break. In fact, most of the world’s top athletes practice for a set period of time and then take the rest of the day off to rest and recover.

2. Breaks allow you to refocus. How many times have you been working and then found your mind wandering to other things—the bird outside, the laundry you have to do when you get home or what you plan to make for dinner. You’re not going to be productive if your mind is focused on making lasagna later. A break gives your mind permission to wander so that when you get back to work you can focus on the task at hand.

3. Having something to look forward may make you work harder. Knowing that you can take a break soon will allow you to focus all of your energy at the task at hand for the full duration of the time.

Breaks are important to your productivity, so make sure that you schedule time for them every day. Referral Maker real estate CRM software will help you to improve your productivity by giving you the list of proactive lead generating activities necessary for your business to thrive. You’ll know what to do, who to call and what to say every day, so that you can become even more productive. Visit Referral Maker for more information and to start your 30-day free trial today.

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