Taking Scheduled Breaks Makes You More Productive

No one likes to sit down at their desk in the morning and work straight through all day without stopping. Stepping away from your work for a few minutes is an important part of keeping your mind focused. New research backs up this idea with actual science.

A new study from Columbia University finds that taking breaks from your work day can help your ideas stay fresh. But you can’t just go running out of your office anytime you feel like it. This research suggests scheduled breaks are the key to productivity.

The idea is that our thoughts “go stale” when we work for a long time straight - scientists call it “cognitive fixation.” This study shows that taking a scheduled break from work helps people complete tasks better than sticking with it and not stopping or taking a break anytime you feel like it.

Researchers suggest using a timer to build breaks into your schedule. When the timer goes off, do something else for a few minutes and then go back to what you were working on originally. If you’re afraid to stop because you’re having a streak of great ideas, researchers say that’s a “false impression.” They say that without the scheduled pauses, we “tend to generate redundant ideas” and that’s not helpful at all. Set your timers and be more productive!

Source: Hello Giggles

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