3 Reasons to Take a Break at Work
Will you take a break after reading this? Probably not. For most of you, reading this might be your break.
We all have a seemingly never ending to do list made up of a million different tasks. We all think the sooner we get the done, the sooner we'll be able to take a break. The ole' I'll sleep when I'm dead approach...
As it turns out, taking a break is a means to getting your work done. Here are three main reasons why taking a break during a busy day at work is important:
Breaks Keep You Focused
At times, we get too focused and energized in one task, however that energy does not last long. After a while we start to yawn or observe our surroundings losing track of what our task actually is. Basically, the human brain wasn’t built for the extended focus we ask of it these days. Our brains are observant all the time because they evolve to detect tons of different changes to ensure our survival. So, focusing so hard on one thing for a long time isn’t something we’re great at.
Breaks Help You Retain Information
Our brains have two modes: the “focused mode,” which we use when we’re doing things like learning something new, writing or working and “diffuse mode,” which is our more relaxed, day dreamy mode when we’re not thinking so hard. As you may know, the focused mode is the one to optimize for more productivity, but diffuse mode plays a big role, too. In fact, although our brains were once thought to go dormant when we daydreamed, studies have shown that activity in many brain regions increases when our minds wander. Some studies have shown that the mind solves its stickiest problems while daydreaming.
Breaks Help You Reevaluate Your Goals
Breaks allow us to take a step back and make sure we’re accomplishing the right things in the right way.
Now, how do you not feel guilty about taking a break?
Remember that taking a break is essential to your work success. If you don’t wind down for a second and recharge you are more likely to make mistakes and become less efficient. So, take a break, go for a walk around the block, take a sip of water and breathe, you will feel better and your work will thank you.