Hacking “Time Out” and Forcing Myself to Take a Break

I have a bad habit of banging my head against a problem instead of taking a step back to clear my thoughts. I’m a D on the DISC profile, and I blame that for my tendency to keep attacking a problem full-tilt rather than re-evaluating my approach.

Rationally, I’m well aware of the benefits of taking a break. But in the moment, I just want to keep going for that next dopamine kick that comes with each minor breakthrough. Never mind that if I took a break, I might see that my whole approach is flawed, because “slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” Or as I like to think of it, “slow is smart, smart is fast.”
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