I tend to hit a midday motivation wall. What can I do in ten minutes to recharge myself emotionally and physically, so I can get back to work?
I'm in the middle of an academic project that's mostly self-directed, very tedious, requires a lot of concentration, and is hedged about with a variety of emotional landmines. Even though I work on a pomodoro-style schedule with 5-minute breaks every half-hour, after ~3-4 hours of sustained work, I'll frequently hit a "wall" where I just feel so physically drained and spiritually empty that it becomes impossible to motivate myself to continue. Seriously-- it's like the id just reaches up and grabs me and says NO! NO MORE OF THIS!. Spooky feeling. At that point, I may leave, or I may just spend the next hour staring at the table, but I haven't ever succeeded in restarting the work.
I'm looking for little 10-15-minute exercises or activities I can do at this point to recharge, break me out of the paralysis, and get me through another four hours of productivity. I know exercise is the canonical suggestion for these situations, but I'm frequently not properly equipped or situated for a 20-minute jog or whatever. Shopping or web surfing provide reliable endorphin rushes, but are hard to contain and make for a really dismal transition back to work.
So: what else can I do, think, read or ingest in 10-15 minutes that's refreshing and motivating, but not too
fun? Previouslies will be welcome too-- I feel as though this must have been asked a bunch of times before, but have succeeded only in finding this more morning-oriented