Set a timer for 90 minutes. When it goes off, I want you to stop working and take a short break. You’ll boost your productivity and get MORE done in LESS time!
Why 90 minutes?
It deals with a physiological principle called the “basic rest–activity cycle” proposed by Nathanial Kleitman—the guy who discovered the circadian rhythm.
I’ve found it to be true in my productivity consulting. Every 80-120 minutes, each of us needs a break of some kind to reset our physical and mental energy clocks.
Maybe for one person 80 minutes works best, and for another 2 hours. 90 minutes is a great place to start experimenting and then adjust over time.
Here are some ideas for a quick work break:
• Take a short walk, either around the office or outside if possible.
• Grab a snack or drink in the break room, and maybe enjoy a little conversation with a coworker, too.
• Play your favorite game on your phone.
• Listen to your favorite playlist, and if you’re up for it, a short dance break!
Now, take it one step further and schedule these breaks into your calendar for long-term success.
What’s your favorite way to take a quick break at work?