Master the art of taking breaks

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Welcome to The Productivity Blueprint newsletter 🗞️

Were you able to get into a flow state anytime last week? If not, what obstacles did you face? If you missed our newsletter last week all about getting into flow, you can catch up here 🙂 

Today we’re looking at the importance of taking a break for the most productive work 🤓

“Don't underestimate the power of resting. It builds you back unlike anything.”

- Hiral Nagda

The week’s article emphasizes the importance of taking breaks at work, not just for well-being but also for enhancing performance. A systematic review of over 80 studies reveals that contrary to the popular belief of working longer hours for productivity, taking regular breaks can actually boost performance.

Here are some of their key insights from this review:

  • Break length and timing are crucial; shorter breaks in the morning and longer ones in the afternoon are more beneficial.

  • The location of breaks also matters, with outdoor breaks being more recharging than staying indoors.

  • Physical activity during breaks, like exercising, is particularly effective for mental recovery. However, browsing social media, a common break activity, may lead to emotional exhaustion rather than rejuvenation.

  • Interactions with pets during breaks can significantly boost psychological well-being, which is strongly linked to performance.

The article also provides guidance for managers and organizations on fostering a positive attitude towards breaks, such as scheduling dedicated break times and creating conducive spaces for breaks.

TL/DR: Effective break-taking is a critical yet often overlooked aspect of workplace productivity and employee well-being. By understanding and implementing the right break strategies, both employees and organizations can benefit from increased performance and improved mental health.

It is very easy to fall into bad habits when using a computer for hours on end. This app reminds you to take breaks at regular intervals, helping you manage break length and timing effectively.

What we love: Choose your theme and messages for breaks!

Sofa is a downtime organizer that helps you plan and manage your leisure activities. It's perfect for scheduling those essential breaks and recharge effectively!

What we love: Using The Pile, The Shelf, groups, and lists allows you to keep things organized with minimal effort.

💡 Challenge of the week

This week, challenge yourself to take structured and planned breaks. During these breaks, engage in activities like a brief walk, stretching, or a quick meditation session. Observe the impact on your productivity and well-being.

Looking forward to hearing how this goes for everyone next week. Enjoy those breaks ☀️

Until then,

The Productivity Blueprint Team