You’re at home, working. It’s lunch break. Your kids are back at school; your partner is in a conference call. So, you microwave your lunch and turn on Netflix. It looks like you’re taking a break. You feel you’re relaxing, but are you, really?

Without proper rest, your brain can’t recover. So, you stay tired, stressed out, and don’t work at your full potential.

How do you take a break that’s going to help you recover? Let’s find out.

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Find the sweet spot

How long should your breaks be? It depends on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling.

Experiment with different productivity methods

There are so many fascinating topics to explore. If you’re like me, you’ll feel like you don’t have enough time to take all the online courses.

Of course, signing up to a new online class for fun is great, but if you’re doing it to add skills to your resume, you need to be strategic about it.

Learning is an investment in both time and money — it’s a good idea to do it with intention. So, which skill should you learn next?

Here are a few tips to plan your upskilling.

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Talk to your manager

If you’re employed, start by bouncing ideas off…

Until very recently, I didn’t consider myself a perfectionist. I was just trying to do my best work. It didn’t occur to me that agonizing over every sentence was, in fact, taking the pursuit of excellence a bit too far.

Working to get rid of that perfectionism hasn’t been easy, and it’s still a work in progress. At first, however, it felt like I was giving up something important. How could I make sure my work was the best it could be if I wasn’t spending weeks editing? …

Don’t panic. It’s actually a good thing.

A year ago, if you asked me what my long-term plan was, the answer would’ve been clear: to become a freelance writer and move to Barcelona.

The city looked magical when my bus from the airport took the roundabout at Plaza de España in 2014, during my first visit.

Several more trips — sometimes of a few months at the time — showed me that even at its worst, and at my worst, the city’s architecture, weather, and people never failed to lift my spirits.

The more time I spent there, the more…

I used to love reading — and writing — about productivity. The thought of achieving a balance between success and happiness was indeed alluring, and I was determined to find the right tools, refine the perfect system. Moreover, I wanted to help others do the same.

Then, COVID-19 happened.

My already declining mental health worsened. I was always tired, struggled to focus and dreaded the start of my workday. No matter how long I worked, I was not getting much done and had no energy to spend time on the personal projects that mattered to me.

What about the productivity…

Cecilia Morales

Writer. Here to share what I’ve learned about life, productivity, and mental health. Writing about remote work on

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