A little while ago, I was afforded the opportunity to take a day away from the office and volunteer at a warehouse for Northwest Harvest, the only non-profit state-wide food bank distributor in Washington state. In addition for volunteering for a good cause, it was a great way to get rid of some mental fatigue that’s been creeping.
We spent the day parcelling and packing rice to send to food banks. It was a rewarding experience that allowed me to meet some great people and have a good time. It also reminded me that once in awhile, I should raise my head up from the web development world and do something completely different.
It’s easy to think that taking a day away from our work will reduce our productivity but most of the time, the best way to increase our productivity is to shift our brains into a lower gear for a short period of time to give ourselves a chance to recharge.