Taking Breaks Makes You Productive, For Real.

As cliched as it may sound, we all know how important it is to take breaks. Very early in my career I learnt that taking breaks not just helps in keeping your ideas fresh and mind mellow but also your sanity intact. (Trust me on this!)

Am pretty sure we all take breaks but what intrigued me to write this post was a recent study published in Harvard Business Review. The study found out that taking scheduled breaks is the key to productivity – not haphazard breaks of 10-15 minutes here and there.

The idea that scheduled breaks are better for your brain revolves around “cognitive fixation,” which is the idea that our thoughts go stale after working for long spans without breaks.

Researchers gathered a group of participants and gave them each a series of problem-solving and idea-generating tasks. One portion of the group had their tasks switched on them without warning, whereas the other group followed a schedule.
The researchers found that those who had scheduled switches did better at completing their tasks than the other group.

Recommendation : Build schedule breaks in your daily routine by setting a timer. 🙂

P.S. – And if you think taking a break would ruin your streak of great ideas, the researchers said this is “a false impression.”

Go Ahead! Take that SCHEDULED BREAK! 😀


One comment

  1. Research is a wonderful thing… Scheduled breaks are definitely good for you 🙂

    However, that time when the main power has gone down and the building is running on the generator and batteries tends to be an attention getter of the first order! It also tends to disrupt your day. Keeps you fresh though 😉 I bet the researchers didn’t try replicating that 😉


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