We live in a world where each one of us is always busy. How do ambitious students complete a ton of work without feeling lazy? They do it by taking regular breaks throughout the day. It can improve both your brain health and productivity. Breaks can help you work more efficiently and intensely during your actual work hours. Cal Newport describes productivity in his book, “Deep Work” with the following formula.
High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) * (Intensity Of Focus)
You cannot work like a computer or a robot for long hours without breaks. To manage your learning process, you need to make use of the two types of breaks during your study session, mini breaks and long breaks.
Tiny Breaks: These are short breaks that last for 5-10 minutes for a breather session to refresh your mind and body. In this interval, you can get up and do some stretches. If you’re hungry or thirsty, have some healthy snacks and water.
Long Breaks: These last for an extended period, let’s say 30 minutes where you can completely disengage from your work.
How To Do It?
There are a lot of methods to implement breaks into your study session. The best ones are here as follows:
1. Pomodoro Technique: Work for 25 minutes and then have a tiny break for 5 minutes.
2. Beminder Tocks System: Doing a focused task for 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute break.
A study done by the DeskTime, a time tracking software found that productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes. If you are easily distracted, then make use of the Pomodoro technique. If you are a fairly productive person, go for the Beminder Tocks system, where the ability to concentrate and focus purely depends on you. So experiment with your study and break sessions and make use of the system that works well for you.
Benefits Of Planning Your Breaks:
1. While scheduling, make sure that you have provided enough time for breaks. By doing this, you can get rid of the guilty feeling of spending time playing games instead of studying. It helps you to plan exactly when to work and when to relax.
2. Pre-planned breaks create a time pressure that enables you to work more intensely. Due to the existence of the pre-planned break, you’ll work harder to complete things on time.
3. Since you have long breaks, you can convince your mind to not use social media on your tiny breaks. If you do decide use them, remember that switching from one crucial task to another low-value work can sidetrack your concentration level.
4. Whenever you feel mentally drained, unmotivated or cannot get into the flow of work, make use of the longer breaks to go for a walk so that you feel energized.
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