Maximize Productivity & Reduce Burnout

Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels? You’re working so hard yet your productivity is lacking?

One of my best tips for keeping your daily productivity at its peak is to be sure to take regular breaks. When I get caught up on a project and forget to let my brain take a break, I tend to become less efficient and lose my gusto.

By break, I don’t mean scroll through your FaceBook feed. The best breaks get your body moving. Walking breaks are what help me the most while at the office. Walking helps my mind relax and wander, and often times the solution to the problem I was working on mysteriously comes to me.

Getting outside on these breaks are even better. Being out in nature is good for the soul and mood.

RELATED READING: Read more about my walking in The Joys of Walking.

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Moms Need Breaks, Too!

Not everyone has a 9-5 office job. When I was a 24/7 at-home mom with two very young children, breaks were extremely important.

Of course moms can’t just tell the kids mommy needs to take a break. What worked for me? Dancing!

That’s right, I danced in the privacy of my own home. I included the kids. I would hold my baby while I danced, and as toddlers they’d get their own fancy moves going along with me.

It really helped us all feel better, especially during the winter when we were cooped up indoors. We had such fun dancing around the living room!

Mom taking a break by dancing while holding baby.

If only my older self had only been there to tell my younger self just how important it was to keep up with those breaks. I may have put more priority on making sure I got those breaks throughout each and every day, and saved myself some days of exhaustion.

Every single person deserves a break. It’s called basic self-care. The awesome side effect is increase productivity!

Tips From the Expert to Feel More Productive and Less Burned Out

Marie Forleo* suggests that the secret to increasing productivity is to take more intentional breaks. That perked up my ears! It’s nice to be reminded that my walking breaks are not a lazy worker’s habit, rather those breaks are scientifically proven to increase productivity.

Lady who is stressed

Marie Forleo
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Below is Marie’s video that she will give you the specific tips or steps on how to feel more productive and less burned out at the end of the day.

Marie breaks down 5 science-backed ways to beat burnout by taking intentional smart breaks.

Intentional smart breaks makes a lot of sense to me. I know that when I take a 10-15 minute walking break at work, it has a huge impact on my mindset and I feel ready to focus again when I get back to my desk.

Give Marie’s video a listen and see if you want to implement her R.E.S.E.T. philosophy into your life. I won’t give away her simple 5 tips to stay productive, but the “exersate” step is my favorite!

For more information, read Marie’s 5 Ways to Beat Burnout and Increase Productivity.

* As stated on the Marie Forleo Youtube page, where you may also subscribe to her channel:

Marie Forleo was named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc’s 500 fastest growing companies. Her mission is to help you realize your greatest potential and use your unique talents to change the world. She reaches readers in 195 countries worldwide and leads dynamic training programs that teach individuals to succeed in business and life. She’s been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, and The New York Times among others. Marie has been interviewed by Tony Robbins as one of the world’s leading lifestyle and online marketing experts and mentored young business owners at Richard Branson’s Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa. She’s also the founder of B-School, an online business school for modern entrepreneurs.


Mom dancing with baby for a mom and me break.

4 Replies to “Maximize Productivity & Reduce Burnout”

  1. I used to think productivity was working all the time and pushing the pedal to the medal. Now I understand we should go with our natural rhythm more. Less is often more, if done with love.

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