May 2, 2019
54 Stashed Ideas
Something beats nothing . High performers work for fifty-two minutes and then break for seventeen minutes.
Moving beats stationary . One study showed that hourly five-minute walking breaks boosted energy levels, sharpened focus, and “improved mood throughout the day and reduced feelings of fatigue in the late afternoon.”
Social beats solo . Research in South Korean workplaces shows that social breaks—talking with coworkers about something other than work—are more effective at reducing stress and improving mood than either cognitive breaks (answering e-mail) or nutrition breaks (getting a snack).
Outside beats inside . People who take short walks outdoors return with better moods and greater replenishment than people who walk indoors.
Fully detached beats semi-detached . Tech-free breaks also increase vigor and reduce emotional exhaustion.