You must be thinking that how "taking breaks" is related to management or programming at all. Well, if your answer is "yes" for the questions, I am going to ask, you will figure out the relationship.
- Do you think your project will go haywire if you stop thinking about it for a second, as you are involved in each and every detail of the project?
- Do you think, in your team nobody is as skilled as you are for the work you are doing?
- Do you blame poor design of office chair for your frequent neck and back pain?
If you are a technology specialist in your team, or a manager, or on top of your group/team, you may prefer to work alone. Because, you think, you possess a very different skill or experience, that nobody else possesses. Believe me, reality may differ!! Reality may be, you don't want to share, what you've learned by putting so much of hard work. Or, you just don't want to give up your place. Whatever be the reason, it's not good for the business, it's not good for the organization. Most of all, it's not good for you. Your burnout rate is high.
To earn trust of your team, colleagues, or bosses, you need to be energetic. And to be energetic you need to recharge yourself. Otherwise a lethargic attitude will work like a slow poison and slowly kill the chances of success. Again, looks like, loss is yours.
By now, you and me should be on the same page that taking break is required for better business, better organization, and better you. By taking break I don't recommend that you stand up from your seat, walk slowly to the coffee dispenser....still thinking about the issue at hand....grab the coffee....and come back to your seat. Break mean, an escape from your current mental state or may be surroundings, and feeling more empowered and optimistic. A short walk at work and may be a cycling trip on weekend may clear your head and help to recharge you.
To enable yourself to take break, you need to trust your team, you need to plan sharing your special skills, you need to delegate more. To empower yourself, you need to empower your people.
And don't forget to teach this "Art" or "Science", whatever you prefer to call it, of taking break to your team, friends, dear and loved ones.