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Taking a WAHM Break: Timers Work Wonders

If you have an iPhone simply use the “alarm” feature to set a daily break timer.

Where did the time go?  I swear it was just 8 am and I was just on Facebook updating my profile for the morning when my timer went off to remind me to “get up and move”.

Yes, I have a timer on my phone to remind me to do some very simple tasks like “take a break” or “get up and move.”

Why would I have a timer like this?

For many reasons.

I get too engrossed in my work.

I think we are all guilty of this.  We simply loose time.  Sure, you are being productive but you also need to give your brain and body a break.  It has been proven that taking breaks throughout the day are beneficial to your well being mentally and physically.

I’m on one task for too long.

Just like the idea above, I lose track of time when I am on one task.  I can spend hours on Facebook and think it was just 1 hour.  This is bad.  So when I am on social media I set a time limit.  Maybe 1 hour to mingle and post and then I need to move on.

Timers are really beneficial when my kids are home on vacations. 

They are older now, 14 and 12, so they tend to do their own thing at home, usually just in their rooms.  Frankly, this is a great opportunity for me to work and work and work.  But I don’t.  I set a timer to remind me when to stop work so I can interact with my kids.  Usually I have an alarm reminding me to pick them up from school so on vacation days I use this same one to remind me to go talk to them or be with my family.

Simply take a break.

Breaks are very beneficial to your mental and physical well being.  The timer I set in the image above is for me to actually get up and move.  I move about while the song plays.  This gives me energy and refreshes my mind.

Start right now.

This moment, set a timer for 10 minutes and go do something.  Watch a funny video.  Take a walk.  Have an apple.  Step away from work and take a break.

Let me now below if you think it helped you be energized and a more efficient WAHM.

Timers you can use.

On your phone.

Kitchen timers.

Online timers.

Do you use timers? 

Do you take regular breaks or switch tasks often?

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Allie owns and writes Ramblings of a WAHM. She has blogged and been online working her way up since 2010. She loves to help new WAHMs find their passions and then thrive online through blogging, email marketing and social media. Check out WAHM Posts or New Blogger Posts. And my WAHM newsletter. Thanks for coming by!

5 Responses to Taking a WAHM Break: Timers Work Wonders

  1. Wade says:

    Geez, I need something like this..I stay on the computer from 8 or 9am until 10 or 11 pm every day! I think I eat? I can never remember!
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  2. Lisa says:

    I don’t do it often enough Allie, I need to find a good one for my new Droid. I’ve also turned off many notifications so I can try to stay more focused.I just love to multi-task away and then the time flies by and never take that needed break.
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  3. Cynthia says:

    I never thought about a timer. I can stay online all day. I have been blogging for 9 months so I can still in the how can I grow stage and also preparing to move back to the US. I will buy a timer today. Thank you so much for the wonderful advice.
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  4. Shalu Sharma says:

    I agree, if you stay awake or stay on the computer too long, then you can start getting tried. Hence breaks every now and then is a good thing to do. Don’t want weary eyes. I think a timer like
    can help. I never knew something like ever existed.
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  5. Kelly says:

    Not just staying on the computer too long – but spending too much time doing unproductive things. I know how important social media is to my business, but I can get on Facebook and stay there all day, not really getting anything accomplished! So tweeting and FB’ing are “timed activities” for me – knowing I’ve only got 30 minutes helps me stay focused on doing what I need to do.
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