Be Smart, Take Breaks
The mind is not a marathon runner; it’s a sprinter. Decision fatigue sets in and performance suffers. Filling the mental energy tank back up is easy, just take a break.
Think of it this way: The mind is a product of the brain. The brain is an organ. Organs need rest and nutrition to perform at peak levels.
As obvious as this seems, we persist in believing that working longer and harder produces the best result. The reality is that success – of any kind – comes from working better and faster.
The first step to better/faster is to keep the main engine functioning properly. Take regular breaks throughout the day. Even a short break of five minutes gives the mind a chance to recharge.
Break Smart, Play Mind Games
Recharging the brain doesn’t require taking a nap, though there’s nothing wrong with napping. Simply redirecting the mind’s focus can produce the desired energy replenishment.
A fun way to take a break and improve our wordsmithing at the same time is to play one of the following mobile word-based games.
- Quizzitive. Free with in-app purchases. An entertaining quiz, an addictive game, and a new way to test and improve your vocabulary. iOS only, Android alternatives available.
- Red Herring. Free with in-app purchases. Red Herring is a unique new puzzle game. Each puzzle has only one correct solution and there’s no time limit. Three difficulty levels make it suitable for the whole family. iOS, Android, Widows.
- 7 Little Words. Free with in-app purchases. If you enjoy crossword puzzles, word finds, and anagram games, you’re going to love 7 Little Words. iOS, Android, Windows.
Bonus – Monument Valley. Free with in-app purchases. If you want to take a different kind of mental break, download this stunning maze game. iOS and Android.
Note: These games are free, so buck-up the $1.99 or whatever for the in-app extensions to take full advantage of everything these games have to offer!
Mind Games for Success
Taking breaks helps us work better and faster. We produce better results in a shorter period of time. Gamifying those breaks with mind games sharpens the tool we depend on to perform at our best.