For the past several months, I’ve been trying to take focused breaks away from my computer and work. I used to feel guilty about stepping away from my laptop — from deadlines and people waiting on me — but I finally started to listen to my brain and my body. The best thing? I’ve noticed a dramatic uptick in my productivity when I limit the time I’m in front of my screen. I see it as giving my brain a break – a break from the code I’m writing or the mock-up I’m creating – and a chance to idle or wander. I notice that, after working for a period of time, my mind has trouble focusing. I’ll switch between tasks more often. I’ll check social media sites. That’s usually my cue that I need a break.