“Stepping away from it all for a few days gave me space to breathe and relax. To remind myself that the world would not come to an end if I didn’t reply to an email or a tweet immediately. To break the habit of random reinforcement addiction.”
Real work-life balance is best achieved when you take into account all of these time frames, and you trade between them, whether you’re aware of that or not. If you don’t take those breaks after each focused period, you’ll probably start getting distracted more and lose speed.