2. Take a break
Paradoxically, taking breaks is necessary to getting any work done. The time spent on recharging the brain, helps us retain information and increase creativity. There are a few proven activities that are known to boost productivity.
Take a walk. Our body wasn’t made to sit for 8 hours a day. Even a short stroll around the office increases blood flow to the brain, improving mental focus and helping you get back to work refreshed and re-energised.
Get creative. Take your mind off the task by getting creative: put pen to paper for some free-writing or doodling. Letting your mind focus on something creative can help you come up with novel ideas and find solutions when you’re back at work.
Do nothing. With so many tips and tricks at hand, the most radical choice can be to simply do nothing. One of the most powerful ways to relax your brain is a short session of breathing meditation.
3. Explore the unknown
At times when we feel stuck, we might be too ‘close’ to the problem. A recent study has shown that thinking about abstract concepts or distant and large objects helps your brain see the bigger picture - so why not try some space travel right from your desk? Close your eyes and launch your mind into the unknown: think of the planets, stars and the vast intergalactic distances between them to reset your brain.