On top of the World

And looking down on creation (well, actually, West Lancashire!)

Rowan and I have been out onto the West Pennine Moors, which conveniently, we live half way up!

Blowing the cobwebs away, remembering, thanking, thinking, hatching cunning plans, looking after our #MentalHealth, and chasing sardine-soaked tennis balls (ok, so I didn't do the last bit!)

We've had a sad past 24 hours. But even on a normal day, taking a break at in the middle of the day is good for the soul, and good for the mind.

When I worked in a #Charity office, I wasn't so good at taking time out. Neither were my colleagues - it was self-fulfilling

I recently discovered the #Pomodoro Technique: you work in four focussed bursts of 25 minutes, with a 5-minute break between each, and at the end of the 4th burst, you take a 15-30 minute break.

As someone who works mainly from home and has to fit work around home and family commitments, the technique suits me really well and has had a huge impact on my productivity. I can fit two of the full sessions easily in on the days I'm on the school run, three on the days I'm not.

Today's 30 minute break was slightly longer as it necessitated wellies, hat, gloves, tennis balls and sardines. But we both feel MUCH better for it.

I'm now back at my laptop and ready for the afternoon's work.



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