I've been working from home for almost three years now, and I've learned that short breaks help to refresh my mind and motivate me for the second half of my day.
1. Get out and grab a cup of coffee
No surprise here, but heading to Starbucks is my favorite break. The short drive in the car gives me time to think about what I've gotten accomplished and what is left to do. The caffeine boost helps to power me through my afternoon to-do list.
2. Take a walk
A short walk always has a way of inspiring me. It gives me time to think and it's often the time when some of my best ideas come to me. If you've been sitting at your desk all day, a walk is the best way to get up and get moving.
3. Fold a load of laundry
This one's only possible if you work from home. I often procrastinate with folding laundry. I'll keep turning the dryer on to avoid folding the clothes. However, when I need to step away from my desk, folding laundry is often a welcome distraction.
4. Give yourself a manicure (or a pedicure)
I often do this at my desk while I am working. But I have found that taking the task away from the distractions of typing makes for a much cleaner manicure. It generally takes about 20 minutes to do from start to finish. The perfect and relaxing way to spend a break!
5. Read a book
I love to read in bed before I fall asleep. However, lately I've found that I'm just too exhausted to open my Nook at night. Instead, I've taken to reading during my breaks. I set the timer and try to get through as many pages as I can. I often find that the timer has gone off, and I haven't even realized it.
6. Clean out a messy or overflowing drawer
This could be a desk drawer or the dreaded junk drawer. Again, the timer method works great here. Set the timer for 15 minutes and challenge yourself to clean and organize the drawer in 15 minutes or less. Reward yourself when you do!
Do you have a fun way of spending your work day breaks? Please share in the comments!