How to Stay Motivated at Work: The Science of Productive Breaks

The Science of Productive Breaks

How to Make Rest Work for ... Work!

Are you afraid that water-cooler talks might threaten your efficiency? Numerous studies show quite the opposite!

Why take breaks?

71% of employees feel breaks have a positive effect on their productivity

32% rank taking a break as one of the most powerful efficiency triggers

29% of office workers say a short rest stimulates their creative thinking

6 Useful Ways to Spend a Break at Work

Charge your brain with a quick snack

79% of workers believe coffee breaks make them more productive

Rock productivity with music!

Music with an upbeat rhythm can reduce stress by as much as 41%

Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" were named as the top productivity-boosting songs of 2012

Google for fun

Workers who periodically surf the web for personal purposes for a few minutes showed a 9% increase in productivity

Take a nap to ... stay awake!

Just 10 minutes are enough to reduce sleepiness and to regain concentration

Spark a conversation!

Informal chats with colleagues improve team spirit and boost productivity by 20%

Get away from your desk and move

Regular, short exercise helps 53% of employees to feel more active throughout the day and to be more focused in 42% of the cases

Side-to-side turn of neck

Back stretch

Shoulder and neck stretch

Shoulder stretch, option 2

Regular walks around the office

Wrist stretch, palms up

Wrist stretch, palms down

Back and triceps stretch

Top recommended snacks for brain power

Plain yoghurt

Oatmeal with berries

Raw carrots

Raw nuts

Dark chocolate

Peppermint tea

Dropbox's office comes with a fully equipped music studio.

Google provides dedicated napping rooms for its employees.

What motivates us to take breaks?

39% Encouragement from top management

35% Offering a break during paid time

33% Make it part of a company's culture

25% Participation from a boss or colleagues

How short should short breaks be?

The most productive timing is taking a 6-minute break every 90 minutes

Take breaks seriously

Workers receiving alerts to take breaks are 13% more accurate in their work

How to Stay Motivated at Work: The Science of Productive Breaks

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When you are feeling overloaded, instead of pushing harder, a wise thing to do might be to take a short break. As we discussed in one of our previous posts, short breaks can revive your productivity a...
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