Make A Break For It!
A Sure-Fire Way To Increase Your Productivity
By Amber De La Garza
You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, ‘Work smart. Not hard,’ right? How about, ‘Do more with less’? Of course, you have! People with a hunger for success are inherently trying to maximize their time and be the most productive with less effort. The most successful real estate professional in any region is far from the person who sits at their desk the longest or does the most showings or cold calls. It’s the person who uses their time and resources the wisest, consistently choosing to be productive. And being productive isn’t about quantity. It’s about quality, and more so, investing your best time into your best activities - those activities that will propel you toward your goals. That’s a pretty simple concept to grasp but do you know what entrepreneurs often have a hard time with? Intentionally slowing down to go fast.
Do you purposefully slow down to go fast? Think about it. How long have you been sitting at your desk working? 10 minutes? Three hours? Did you eat an energizing, balanced lunch today or make a dash to the vending machine? When was the last time you took an actual break?
If you’re like many well-meaning real estate professionals, you push yourself to the max, working as hard as you can for as long as you can, even though you tell yourself to, ‘Work smart. Not hard.’ In an effort to make the most of your finite time and get as much done as possible, you fail to take care of yourself and your work or personal life suffers. You run out of steam and have no coal left to fuel your fire. You flirt with burnout, take sick days, and indulge in Netflix binges instead of pushing forward. That’s no way to be in business for the long haul, let alone achieve success. You must power up your body and mind consistently and that involves taking periodic breaks. It’s a necessary part of refueling your system and it causes increased productivity.
If you tend to measure your productivity by how long you’ve been sitting at your desk, feel like you never have time to take breaks, find yourself eating at your desk more often than not, lose focus and energy toward the end of your workday, or often take twice as long as you should to complete tasks, chances are you’re failing to take adequate breaks and it’s affecting more than your focus; it’s affecting your bottom line.
The Benefits Of Breaks
Breaks Enable Focus
Taking breaks enables you to focus and maintain a higher level of concentration, which in turn creates efficiency and productivity. When your energy is low, it’s typically because you haven’t been giving yourself sufficient breaks to carry on. Not taking breaks lowers your willpower and tends to make everything else seem more exciting than what you’re working on at present. It also makes it easy to fall prey to distractions.
You may not be aware you need an actual break, but you know you can no longer focus on the task at hand. That is when the temptation to take phone calls, read text messages, scroll Instagram, or check your email constantly is strongest. You find other activities to occupy your time because you want to feel like you’re still making progress despite your lack of will power and diminished energy.
Breaks Refuel Your Body
Taking a break helps refuel your body, providing much-needed energy. Breaks involving eating a healthy snack, drinking water, stretching, or getting a little exercise will create additional energy your body physically craves. Having more energy means you’ll have the endurance to work more focused and efficiently throughout your day.
Takings breaks goes a long way toward increased productivity with little effort because doing so directly affects your energy levels. Despite your motivation to keep going, when you refrain from taking breaks, you lose steam and eventually the willpower to continue. When that happens, a task that should have only taken 15 minutes could take you 30 minutes or longer. Work more efficiently by giving yourself breaks as necessary to regain the focus and energy needed to complete tasks in less time.
Taking a break does not have to be sitting at your desk, daydreaming and twiddling your thumbs until it’s time to work again. Consider a break to be engaging in anything that refuels, relaxes, or reenergizes you, and enables increased focus afterward.
Ideas For Taking Breaks
- Eat Healthy Snacks
- Take A Walk
- Work Out
- Listen To A Podcast
- Read A Book
- Listen To Music provide an instant energy boost
- Phone A Friend
- Take A Nap (Honestly, sometimes you just need a quick catnap. Whether you’re at your desk or in your parked car, close your eyes and let them rest for a few minutes when you feel the strong need to do so. Your cognitive function increases with just as little as a refreshing 5 to 15-minute nap.)
Taking occasional breaks does not make you lazy or unproductive. On the contrary, it means you’re strategically managing your energy and ability to focus so you can accomplish your most important tasks without risking burnout. When you decide to take a purposeful break, you’re making the choice to refuel and reenergize so you can return to your work refreshed and with a renewed sense of focus. Stop denying yourself time away from your work to recharge. Pushing through no matter the cost to your body and mind is a nasty habit. Make a break for it and take up the habit of periodically taking breaks to increase your productivity instead.When you’re ready, here are some ways we can work together. Schedule a Discovery Call today to determine which method is best for you!
About the Contributor
Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Productivity Straight Talk podcast, and creator of S.T.O.P.! The Entrepreneur’s Success Solution. She helps driven real estate professionals execute actionable solutions to maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most!