Quickly Quiet Your Mind

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A clear head produces the best insights. But it’s a challenge to take time off in the midst of a busy day to rest your brain. Here are three easy ways to build breaks into your day:

  • Meditate on your commute. If you use public transportation, take the time to close your eyes for 10 minutes. If you drive, leave a little early, park, and spend 10 minutes in the car before going into work.
  • Regularly take breaks. Focus on work in spurts. Set a timer for 90 minutes. When it goes off, take five minutes to go for a walk, talk to a colleague, doodle, or listen to music. Even if you don’t think you need the break, take it.
  • Take daydream walks. Two days a week during your lunch break, take a stroll for 20 minutes. Think about anything besides work — a beach vacation, building your dream house, whatever.

Adapted from “Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind” by Matthew E. May.

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