10 Things to Do During a 10-Minute Study Break


Anyone else feel like this week is a bit hectic? Between deadlines, tests and the sun going down earlier, it feels like there just are not enough hours in the day. I’m so guilty of pushing myself and then feeling bad for taking a break after sitting at my desk for quite a while, but a quick break can be just what I need. Working without breaks leads to feeling burnt out and unproductive, so I’ve been trying to include more breaks in my day to recharge in small ways.


I always set an alarm for myself to ensure my break doesn’t get too long and have found that breaks as short as 10 minutes can help me feel ready to refocus and get back to work. If you’re looking for some inspo on how to use 10 minutes productively even if you are away from your computer, look no further. Here are a few of my favorite 10-minute break activities!


1.Read a book.


2.Turn off your phone and lay down for 10 minutes. (Don’t forget to set an alarm!)


3.Do a 10-minute yoga workout on YouTube.


4.Grab a coffee at Starbucks (OK, maybe a bit longer than 10 minutes depending on where you are, but I’ve never regretted the walk and a caffeine kick!).


5.Spend 10 minutes on TIkTok or Pinterest.


6.Eat a piece of fruit. I like to add some Nutella or whip cream if I feel like treating myself!


7.Create a new Spotify playlist (or add to an existing one!).


8.Sit outside and get some fresh air.


9.Text a friend and make plans for a call or Facetime sometime soon.


10.  Delete junk emails. I like to do this while I lay down and it is so satisfying to see that notification number go down! 


Funny enough, I used a 10-minute break to write this blog post! I love having this creative outlet when I need to step away from my homework.


I hope that this list is helpful! I would love to hear your favorite ways to take a quick study break too.

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