While more and more leaders understand the need for short breaks, and are trying to lock them into their daily habits, continuing demands mean that it can be difficult to keep up the practice.  So here’s a quick reminder of why it’s important, and three tactics to try, or try again!

Taking short breaks between meetings gives you a big benefit:

  • If you don’t, stress continues to accumulate across the day. If you do, your brain waves slow down and stress reduces.
  • A short break that includes meditation improves wellbeing, reducing stress and helping you perform better after the break.
  • Short breaks disrupt a ‘stress pike’ that can occur when transitioning from one meeting and carries into the beginning of the next. You’re thinking about how to wrap this one up and how to be ready for the next. Then you’re thinking about how to get this one started while worrying about all the things you didn’t cover in the last…… And then on through the day.

You can have a look at Microsoft’s Worklab article about the research they conducted into the case for having breaks.

Think about what your best between-meetings break strategy might be and make sure you remember to employ it.

Diagram showing how the brain works differently when breaks are taken between meetings

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