... increases productivity. Recent studies show that those who give in to some kind of diversion or distraction once an hour perform better than those who just keep at it without a break.
Taking a break allows us to come back to the job at hand with renewed energy and sense of purpose.
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Something as simple as a ten-minute conversation with a friend, or watching an inspiring video can give us a much needed boost, or point us in a new direction if we've been stuck.
Talking a step away -- literally or figuratively -- might be just what we need to recharge.
We are not designed to sit around all day.
Getting up for a few minutes and getting our blood flowing and some more oxygen to the brain is a necessary piece of the work day.
An afternoon tea break gives us more than a caffeine boost.
The process of making and drinking a cup of tea makes us slow down and gives us time for a much needed pause.
The timing of our breaks makes a difference.
Although it may be tempting to wait until we’re flagging later in the day before allowing ourselves a short break, we actually respond better to breaks in the morning - it seems we need to have some fuel in the tank to benefit from a re-fill.
Willpower is a limited resource, one that we deplete through hard, focused work. We need to take regular breaks to restore our flagging willpower and keep our productivity in the long run.
Take a break and do something different for a few minutes every half-hour or so to give your brain a break and replenish your mental resources.
Short breaks result in greater productivity and accuracy, especially with repetitive work.
For computer-based employees, frequent rest breaks also help reduce eye strain and physical discomfort