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Monday, September 20, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 29 - Breaks

Breaks are essentially the points in which you limit the amount of strenuous work and activities within a time period allowing you to rest. This recuperation period is where you derive your breaks from. They allow you to recover from the work and stress that you will inevitably go through in your daily life. Your day to day activities and escapades can have a huge toll on you both physically and mentally. Rest is a necessity in keeping up excellent performance because the draining effects work has on you personally has the same effect on your actions and abilities as well. Resting gives us the time to rebuild what was lost when you apply yourself to situations and give it all that you’ve got. You can last longer without rests if you don’t try hard in a situation thus giving you reserve energy and strength to continue on with your work. I don’t suggest doing this though because you aren’t doing your best in situations where you keep all of your actions reserved meaning you aren’t operating at your peak exhibiting the best of your abilities. Doing your best will tire you out faster but you can accomplish so much more and your level of ability will exceed way higher than your regular and normal work. You will be able to do much more with what you have because it repairs your functions so you may accomplish more than you could have normally. You come back feeling refreshed and ready to go. Think of it as being as good as new. If you take care of yourself it is scientifically proven that you can do more. If you get 8 hours of sleep you will perform better in school. If you eat healthy you can live longer. While I may not necessarily be the best one to tell you these facts because I don’t always eat healthy or sleep a lot, it is nonetheless important for you to take care of yourself in order to have a more prosperous future. Another cool thing about breaks is that it allows you to take a step back from your work and get a brand new perspective on what it is you’re working on. You can really get a big picture view when you step back from your focused work and make connections you may not have noticed before. If you take time away from a problem you’ve been rigorously working on, you can get a fresh new look that otherwise wouldn’t have been afforded to you so take advantage of them. I think Kit Kat got it right when they said give me a break, at least every once in a while.

-Allan Nicholas

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