I’ve been seeing the term “superhuman” thrown around more and more lately. People asking how they can be the best version of themselves, almost as if they want to be robots. It’s great that people want to be the best they can be, but keep in mind that no one is perfect, and very few people can operate at such a high level of productivity. Most people will just burn themselves out, actually reducing their production level. Therefore, stepping away from work each day, at least for an hour or two, can prove to be beneficial for work production! Here are some reasons I think stepping away from work can be beneficial:
It gives you time to clear your mind and refocus.
Remember in school when you were studying for that big exam and trying to cram pages of text and/or equations into your brain, but it seemed like the longer you studied without a break, the less information you were retaining? Same idea. I suggest you go for a walk outside and surround yourself with nature, lay down and listen to some music, take a nap… whatever you want to do as long as it’s not related to work!
Your relationships will improve, and this will improve productivity!
Spending time with loved ones can improve your communication skills, listening skills, discipline, patience, and prepare you for difficult times in life. These are all skills and traits that are important in a leader, and can directly influence your productivity in a positive way.
You get to do things you love, and this can completely rejuvenate your work.
Taking some time off work to spend time doing things you genuinely love will do wonders for your production. Spend 30 minutes playing video games, playing guitar, or cooking, or whatever you want to do as long as it takes your mind off of work and allows you to ignore any stresses in your life. Once you get back to work, your frustration levels and stress levels will be way down from where they were before.
I’m not saying to spend a lot of time doing these things, but a couple of hours each day is going to bump up your production and make you happier while working. So next time you’re feeling stressed, tired, or frustrated while working, take some time for yourself.