This is my new motto.
Also, read this:
“The signs of mental fatigue, such as a drop in effectiveness and a rise in distractedness and irritability, signify that the mental effort needed to sustain focus has depleted the glucose that feeds neural energy….The antidote to attention fatigue is the same as for the physical kind: take a rest. But what rests a mental muscle?Try switching from the effort of top-down control to more passive bottom-up activities, taking a relaxing break in a restful setting. The most restful surroundings are in nature, argues Stephen Kaplan at the University of Michigan, who proposes what he calls “attention restoration theory.””—FOCUS by Daniel Goleman
This is exactly what I’ve discovered and am writing about in my 45 Minute Writer book. And I agree that nature is awesome, but sweeping the kitchen along with mindfulness is a lot more accessible for most people. But the most valid point is that just switching activities is insufficient if your “break” is to scroll through FB or do something that’s just checking another thing off your to-do list. I have a very simple list of “break” activities and they include things like meditation, folding laundry, and grooming the cats. How you manage your time like this is the essence of obtaining a true focus on the things that matter in your life… and the efficiency to get them done while joyfully having less stress while doing them.