We are an increasingly busy society with
enormously long ‘to do’ lists. A worrying trend in recent years has been that
many people forego a lunch break in order to work more and make inroads into
that to do list. However, is this wise?
Research shows that breaks are necessary in
order to be more productive and get more work done in the time available. And
it’s not only a lunch break, it’s a 10-minute break in the morning and a 10
minute break in the afternoon. How does this make us more productive some might
Here are three Factors to be considered:
restore focus.Our brains are not designed to carry out
continuous uninterrupted work. If we do this, we will affect our ability to
concentrate which can lead to frustration, irritability and inefficiency. By
taking a brief mental break this can restore our focus which will enable us to
concentrate properly on the task in hand.
Breaks minimise fatigueTaking breaks during the day, which will include
a 10 minute one at mid-morning and mid-afternoon with at least half an hour at
lunch, is an effective way to fight fatigue and increase productivity. Without
sufficient downtime to refresh and recharge we will become less efficient, be
more error prone and less engaged in what we are doing.
improve well being.If you are physically and mentally stressed you
will produce the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels over time
are related to a number of diseases.
Research indicates that by taking regular
breaks this will have a positive effect on reducing blood pressure and
improving sleep quality and contribute to overall wellbeing making you less
likely to take time off work due to illness.
If you are one of those who believe that you are
more effective by just working, working, and working then please examine your
performance. Take the advice to factor breaks into your work day and examine
your performance on a before and after basis.
Having breaks will be better for you and you
may be surprised by your results.
Remember, Mayfair, we care.