Today's To-Do: Go for a walk outside.

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The Washington Post recently reported that a quarter of Americans spend all day indoors. 

Today, I'm inviting you to avoid being a one of them by getting some fresh air.

If you do work that happens primarily behind a computer, it can be easy to spend your daylight hours in an air-conditioned room under fluorescent lights. When the work piles up, taking the time to stand up and walk out the door isn't usually your first thought. But it might be just what you need.

When you step away from your task list for a few minutes, you're giving your mind a break. You're giving yourself the space to think differently and more deeply about what you need to accomplish. Pressing pause on the work to get exercise can make your approach to the work more focused and effective. 

A 2011 study found that brief breaks from a task can actually grow your ability to focus on the task. So get to a stopping point, stand up, and head outside for a 10-minute stroll.

Photo by ZACHARY STAINES on Unsplash