Productivity Tip: For peak productivity, take a short break

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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?



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