You’re probably already aware that taking time your annual leave can make you better at your job, but did you know that taking time off from your hectic schedule in general can provide you with some pretty impressive benefits?

It’s fairly common knowledge these days that taking mini breaks from work can help to greatly boost your productivity, giving your brain more time to rest and avoid completely burning out, but this also goes for life. Take a look at these tips to find out how you could be making the most of your time off.

Mini holidays and mini rests.

A great way to beat fatigue, even in your off time, is to take short breaks. If you find that you’re not getting enough done at the weekend even though you’ve been slaving away at that DIY project for weeks, then try to break things up a bit.

Weekends are for relaxing but if you’re sat arched over your newest furniture, desperately struggling to follow the instructions, then maybe you should take a break. The Pomodoro Technique involves following every 25 minutes worth of work with a 5 minute break for fun. Try this out and see if it works for you.

Treat Yourself

In the words of the legendary Special Agent Dale Cooper “I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.”

By giving yourself at least one little boost every day you’ll soon find that your days become a lot more pleasant overall, allowing you to really increase your productivity.

One Evening a Week

Let’s be serious, not all of us will have the opportunity to take an extra day off each week, but by giving yourself one evening completely dedicated to yourself. Whether you spend that evening out on a walk, a night with your friends, or just sat in front of the TV, make sure it’s something that you want to be doing.

Don’t forget, your time off is supposed to rest you so you can be more creative in future. If you’re not properly resting then your batteries aren’t recharging and then you’ll find that it’s increasingly more difficult to stay focused even when you are at work.

Cat naps

Again, not everyone will have the luxury of being able take a midday nap, but if you’re working from home or getting some extra work done on a weekend then you might find yourself having a eureka moment after a quick powernap.

We’ve all felt those Zzz’s come creeping on in the early afternoon, especially after a big lunch, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Historically humans have always been prone to these siestas, a practice which dates all the way back to ancient Rome. It wasn’t built in a day after all.

Of course, if napping is a complete no-go, a short ten-minute meditation has also shown to be quite useful.

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