As I sit at my desk looking out at the sun hitting the lake, I realize I’ve been staring out the window for a while. AND … by “a while” I mean about 15 minutes.
Hmmmm … probably not the most effective way to use my time this afternoon!
I know – I could think of this as a way to recharge my batteries, however, to get the full benefit I find that I need to DELIBERATELY recharge my batteries. Aimlessly staring out the window when I’m “supposed” to be working doesn’t recharge me. In fact, I’m just filled with guilt, because I “should” be working.
In case I’m not the only one who’s ever caught herself looking out the window aimlessly, let me offer a solution.
USE A TIMER!
Yep – I just used all caps … which means I’m yelling at you. Actually, don’t think of it as yelling AT you, think of it as STRONGLY urging you to adopt this strategy.
I’ve discussed using a timer before to keep you on task and focus, but you can also use a timer to deliberately set a “time out” when you need a 15 minute break.