Taking a break once an hour

Taking a break once an hour

... 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.

Take a tea break

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.

Playing hard helps us with working hard.
If you know you typically have an afternoon energy slump, consider a lunchtime workout.
Studies have shown that a moderate level of cardio activity can boost creativity and productivity for two hours afterwards. 

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Take short breaks early and often

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.

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Myth #4: Pushing To Get Things Done

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

  • The most productive people work "with a purpose" for an average of 52 minutes straight followed by 17-minute breaks. 
  • Another method is the Pomodoro Technique, which involves focusing for 25 minutes followed by a five-minute break. Longer breaks are included after several cycles,
  • During your breaks, try listening to music, stretch, socialize or take a power nap. 

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