Time management methods can help us increase our productivity, but hardly ever do we realise how important breaks are in our overall performance. Different studies have shown that taking a ten-minute break after every hour helps us improve our work and productivity.

When it comes to boosting productivity, even a genius like Leonardo da Vinci believed in the power of breaks: ‘From time to time, you should disappear, take a short break, so that when you go back to work your judgement will be more accurate. Step back a little, because that way your task will seem smaller; the greatest part of it can be done in the wink of an eye, and the lack of harmony and proportion is more easily seen’.

Breaks beyond ‘the coffee’

First and foremost, we must define what a break means to us. We could say that ‘it is the performing of tasks that have nothing to do with our usual activity at work’. With every break, we renew our body’s energy, reactivate our brain and face any activity more eagerly.

During those breaks, you can walk away from your desk or go and have a coffee. Or you can just change the task you are performing. Anything would do as long as it makes you disconnect from what you’re doing. After that, your will go back to work with more energy.

If you don’t want to move away from your desk, there are many websites devoted to offering you ‘content pills’ adapted to any kind of break.

Disconnecting

Remember that it is not about how many hours you work, but what you are able to do in the time you devote to your tasks. In order to do your best, it is vital to disconnect from time to time, both in your day-to-day activity and at the weekend.

Forget about your phone and email for a little while. Being stressed is not a lifestyle, and of course, it’s anything but productive.

Translation by Susana Castro.

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Image: Annie Roi

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