A Top-to-Bottom Analysis of Taking Breaks

In an article for Buffer, Courtney Seiter explains the scientific reasoning for prioritizing breaks at work, and then offers various techniques for when and how to take them.

The Break Breakdown

Breaks matter for a few reasons. They keep us from getting bored, which means we retain focus. In turn, time away from being engaged in work gives the brain opportunity to internalize the information that was being used. Breaks also give us the chance to evaluate what we have done so far and change course as necessary. Seiter shares four methods for implementing breaks into your schedule. There is the classic Pomodoro technique—25 minutes of work, 5-minute break, repeat. Another method is to work in 90-minute blocks (with perhaps 20-minute breaks) to mirror what some call our body’s “ultradian” rhythm. Then there is the strategy to work for 52 minutes and break for 17 minutes, which seems to maximize your ability to work with purpose. Lastly, you could just pencil in two 15-minute breaks into your day, one at mid-morning and the other at mid-afternoon. For a bunch of tips on how to actually spend your breaks and how each individual option could benefit you, you can read the full article here:

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