May 25, 2017, by Chloe

10 minute breaks for when you have too much work to do

Yesterday on a revision break* I walked around campus with my flatmate and spent far too long posing for photos with the NOTTINGHAM sign and discovering hidden gardens. Whilst it was such a well-needed break from the stress of revision, it got me thinking that I need to find some shorter revision breaks, that don’t use up a whole day of study time. So here are some of my ideas:


Boring but productive – good for when you feel guilty about taking a break/mess is taking over your life

  • Clear your desk
  • Do the mountain of washing up that you’ve been avoiding for two days (then leave the drying up for an extra 6 hours)
  • Do a load of laundry

I wish my kitchen looked as tidy as this stock photo

Healthy – good for when you haven’t moved all day

  • Go for a walk, round one of the dozens of hidden gardens on campus or maybe just to the shop to buy a snack
  • Do some stretches
  • Prepare a plate of fruit

A hidden garden with a shelter near the Nottingham sign that I discovered yesterday!

Unleash your inner child – because revision can be dull

  • Colouring in
  • Go to an outdoor gym or park and mess around for a while
  • Have a picnic lunch, extra points if you bring a ball or Frisbee

I’m a firm believer that art is not just for kids!

Realistic but less good for you – what we are all likely to do, when one of the other suggestions would be more beneficial

  • Plan to watch a short video on Netflix or YouTube and get sucked in for at least half an hour
  • Scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…
  • Have a nap

What I’m sure we’d all rather be doing right now… zzz…

Good luck in your exams!


*Does it count as a break if I hadn’t started working at that point? Oops.

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