Breaks from work serve the essential purpose of resting your brain, limbs and whatever else is involved. Whether you’re a desk jockey or travelling salesperson (list of jobs that’ll disappear soon, anyone?) - you need those breaks. But just because it’s a break from work doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Here’s a list of activities to make sure you don’t waste that break on useless mobile games like Fortnite.
Play a decent game that you learn from
Don’t play Fortnite because it does nothing for you. Play, instead, games like Fallout Shelter, where you have to manage a colony of nuclear fallout survivors. Learning time management and reacting to (and managing) a crisis can help you when your break runs out and you have to manage workplace chaos.
Have your caffeine intake
A strong cup of coffee (minus the milk and sugar, because what’s the point then) can help you be productive and focused on your work. Don’t go overboard, as strong caffeine can make you woozy and increase dependency over time.
If you can manage your time properly, it’s a good idea to get your workout at the office, if your workplace hosts a gym. Ask around and see if there’s a gym nearby. Getting a few reps in can help release endorphins and take the edge off - much better than the dopamine rush that follows every time you check your phone.
Get in touch with friends and family
It’s tempting to reply to friends making plans or family members asking you things while you’re at work, but leave it for break time. If your office policy involves blocking social media, just send a text to or call your loved ones for a quick update. It’s never a good idea to take personal calls at work, unless it’s an emergency.
Engage in some team building
Gossiping around the water-cooler is a fun past-time activity, but these breaks are a good time to throw around some of the book ideas that might just morph into something you genuinely enjoy working on in the future. Some of the best ideas have come from skunkworks operating outside official capacity, and usually pay off in the long run.