There’s an old saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” I have often found myself in the middle of a phone call or pausing while writing an email and peeking down at the clock, only to realize I haven’t moved from my desk since I sat down at it 5 or 6 hours ago. I have fun in my job, so I suppose the saying applies here. A large part of recruiting is about getting into a rhythm and trying to maintain it. While most recruiters strive to find a steady groove during their day, it is equally important to remember to take a break once in a while. Repetition can lead to great conversations with candidates and clients, which can turn into confidence, which hopefully leads to success and a sense of accomplishment. However, it can also be counter-productive if you don’t flick the mental light switch off for a few minutes, let the bulb cool once in a while.
Susan Adams, from Forbes.com, has some suggestions for the types of activities some professionals utilize to keep themselves sharp and focused throughout the work day. Of course, every office is different, so you may find some of these are more applicable to your circumstances than others, but you don’t have to be a recruiter to benefit from taking a break from time to time.