How can I take a break and still get everything done?

by | Nov 22, 2018 | Achieving goals, Coaching Tips Series, Leadership

This post is part of my special Coaching Tips Series. This series was inspired by my clients, and the core themes in their challenges. When we can apply these tips, we bring a lot of ease into our lives and step into our leadership.

How can I take a break and still get everything done?


So you’ve got a lot to do and not enough time. You’ve got responsibility and people are depending on you. So you keep pushing, working more and more to get everything done. And you are tired. But you don’t have time for a break.

You might be dreaming of a long holiday and may even have one planned or booked for the future. But with these 2 tips, you can start your breaks today, and still get everything done.

Tip one: Preventative maintenance – Regular, short breaks

Take a break, even before you get tired. And if you are already tired, a 5 min break can still help you recharge. Taking regular, short, breaks will give you energy so that you can actually keep on going and do more.

Add 5 min breaks into your schedule: in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

And in your short break, do nothing. Set a timer on your phone if you want, and then close your eyes and just breathe.

You’re going to think anyway, so think about your breathing.  Nothing else, just breathe.

This will reset you for the tasks ahead.

Tip two:  Plan to 80% capacity.

You need that 20% for unforeseen circumstances, last-minute issues or requests. Then you can fit them in without getting overloaded.  And if you don’t get any issues, then you can take an extra break or start your next task early.

By doing these 2 things you can take breaks and get everything done.


How do you manage to look after yourself and still do all those amazing things that you do? What do you struggle with the most? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments.


Breathing in this mindful way helps you access your PQ brain and helps switch off the saboteurs that we all have – that inner critic we all have that often tells us we don’t have time for a break…

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