What can I do during a short break from studying to refresh myself but w
September 29, 2013 5:57 PM Subscribe
I've figured out that taking short, 5-10 minute breaks while I study helps a lot but I'm having a hard time taking a break without getting distracted and forgetting to go back to work. What is something I can do that's relaxing or interesting but doesn't last long?
posted by raeka to work & money (11 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I just started grad school and while I'm not having any trouble with the workload, it's definitely a lot more time consuming than college. I was also diagnosed with ADHD last winter and started taking Adderall. It's incredibly helpful but I'm also trying trying to teach myself good habits that I hadn't learned before and are actually possible to use now.
Previously, taking a break after I'd actually managed to start doing work meant that I was giving up on getting anything done for at least an hour, probably more. Now I can take short breaks and they definitely help me feel better and do better work, but I'm having a hard time finding good ways to take a break without getting distracted. I want to have a routine so I get used to going back to work.
Right now, I mostly just check on different blogs to see if they've updated. It works out pretty well but after two or three breaks, I run out of things and prolong the break trying to find something interesting to feel like it was worth it. If I find a whole new website with interesting things to read, I can end up reading all the archives which doesn't help. Youtube videos can be good but I spend a lot of time looking for one I like.
Things I've tried:
Most games are way too addictive for me to play just five minutes, including non-exciting ones like Minesweeper. (Duolingo had enough gamification that I got sucked into it for a few days.)
Doing push-ups or some other exercise can be good but it feels like it uses the same willpower it takes to focus on work.
I've set up study times with others, so I can chat during my break but I still spend a lot of time working on my own.
Any suggestions for short but interesting/relaxing break ideas?