More than 19 percent of businesses have outright banned Facebook and personal email checking from the workplace. But now, some big shots from various schools of business are saying that while 2 hours a day on Facebook is a problem, for most people, a 15-minute session of Facebook or personal email a few times a day can actually help our minds regain the concentration needed to perform our work tasks. Some companies allow a smoke break, so why not a personal break to escape from our work efforts for a few minutes? As an entrepreneur, you can schedule your breaks, or take them as needed. There…I hope I’ve removed a layer of guilt from your already overactive mind.
My first job out of high school was as a bill collector over the phone. I know, I know…but it paid well, and I managed to make it through a whole year without jumping off a bridge. Every day at 11:55, we heard a loud whistle over a loudspeaker, then we knew it was 12 noon and time to stop down for an hour. We hated this, but now we know that scheduled breaks make us more productive. Most days, I make an appointment with John to have lunch at a certain time, and I stick to it. Set up your own “whistle” of some sort, and leave your office. Eat a leisurely lunch, then come back an hour or so later. You are your own boss, after all! Think about this: Working through lunch will eventually result in burnout, which leads to lower sales, anxiety and even health issues. Online sellers in China are actually dying from overworking. Your business will not suffer if you are gone for an hour. Instead, it will flourish.