Have a lot to do today? Make sure you schedule in some time for extra breaks. It may seem counterintuitive, but intermittent rest periods can actually amp up your productivity and creativity levels.
Social networking company The Draugiem Group wanted to test this theory and discovered an interesting pattern. In a recent survey of their most productive workers, the top 10 percent of employees actually worked less than the rest of their peers, even though they managed to get more done in a day. Their secret may lie in their ability to work smarter, not harder, by taking more breaks. In The Draugiem Group’s case, they took 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work.
This particular ratio has its fair share of skeptics, but the key takeaway remains the same: you’re more likely to perform closer to your peak level if you step away from your desk once in a while. Like any habit, remembering to take breaks can take time before it becomes part of your daily routine, so ease into it by taking five-to-10-minute breaks every hour. These four tips can help too:
1. Get Away From Your Desk.
Replenish your body with healthy foods and a change of scenery to boost your brain health.
2. Ignore That Urge to Browse
Your mind needs rest, not more stimulation. Social media or texting breaks, while better than no break at all, aren’t very effective in rebooting your mind either. Go outside, give your eyes a break and focus on something other than a screen.
3. Chat With Your Co-Workers.
Research shows that people who socialize at work are happier and just as productive as those who don’t.
4. Get Some Exercise.
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