Help me be nice to myself over the working day
January 23, 2013 8:15 PM Subscribe
I work alone, in an office isolated from other people with zero opportunity for social interaction. I could, if I wanted to, arrive at 8.30am, stare at a screen til 12.30pm, break from 12.30pm-1.30pm, then stare at a screen from 1.30-5.15pm.In silence. Alone. I really, really don’t want to. Help me come up with things I can do every hour to ‘break’ for a few minutes before getting back into the next hour-long block of work.
posted by t0astie to work & money (21 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Background: My work is intellectually demanding, but not at all stimulating. To get through it, I find I am much, much more productive if I set myself tasks for each our, then ‘break’ for 2-5 minutes before getting into it for the next hour. Currently my ‘breaks’ include: doing circuits of the building (includes stair climbing); making cups of tea (caffeinated and herbal); filling up a huge water bottle and drinking it as I work; going for a quick walk around the building outside (not always possible just now due to extreme heat), doing some officey exercises (chair squats; modified pushups on the desk), cutting up and snacking on fruit, and reading a few pages from whatever management/career book I’m reading at the moment… yeah. That’s it. God help me, I am so bored. What can I do for 2-5 minutes every hour that is a nice treat for myself to get me through the next hour?
NB I’d prefer this list didn’t include internet surfing or computer games.
Other relevant factors: I’m not in the US; I’m not subject to the draconian employment conditions which (sadly) make up so many work-related AskMe questions; I’m in a fairly senior role; my boss, on the rare occasions he is around, is absolutely fine with my taking breaks; his main concern in my productivity, not whether I’m bound to my desk at all times; I am vegan and don’t eat junk food, so treats of the vending machine variety are out. Boo. Finally, for reasons that would make up another five AskMe’s in their own right, no, I can’t find another job. Please don’t suggest this.