Sometimes you just need a break. Have a coffee with a co-worker. Take a walk during lunch. Spend a week on a beach. I’m sure there are psychological and physiological reasons for this. I don’t know. It just seems part of the human condition that we need to take time off from what we are doing. Recharge our batteries and passion.
I know it’s time to take a break when the quality of my work suffers. If I’ve made the same stupid syntax error eight times in a row, it’s time for a break from coding. If I’m stumbling over my well rehearsed pitch, it’s time to take a break from meetings. Sometimes I even need breaks from activities I do to unwind!
The great thing about taking breaks, is that when the break is over I’m refreshed. My work quality increases. I can give the activity 100% again.
Sometimes you just need a break.