I read this article recently in Fast.Co which discusses the daily rituals of creative thinkers. Really interesting stuff, but what really caught my attention was the bit about Charles Dickens. Every single afternoon he took a break from work to take a long, long (several hours long) walk to recharge his thoughts. What a concept.
These daily brain breaks are something I've been mulling over a lot lately. Since I started working from home in January I've actually found it harder to step away from work and the computer during the day—even for simple lunch breaks. I'm constantly worrying that someone back in the office will need me for something urgent and what if I'm not immediately available? I've started (trying) to combat this tendency by forcing myself to leave the room entirely,—go sit in the kitchen or the deck if it's a nice day—pull out a book, chill out and consciously take a break, instead of just grabbing something to eat while glued to the computer. I'll admit it still doesn't feel that comfortable, but I have to remind myself that by giving myself permission to recharge the batteries that I'll actually be able to do better work and provide more value to my colleagues so many miles away in Minnesota.
I personally found it so much easier when I was actually in the office to get away and take a walk or get some coffee, which is surprising for some reason. What about you? Is this something you struggle with, whether at home or in the office? How do you take a break and recharge during the day?