If you’re anything like me, it’s likely that once you walk into the office in the mornings, you go into power mode trying to complete as much work as possible before the clock strikes 12. Seems like a pretty logical approach, right? However, according to new research from Baylor University, you should be taking a break before lunchtime—for productivity’s sake.
According to Men’s Health, the study revealed that the best time to take a break at work is mid-morning, before lunch. Research showed the employees who took a break before lunchtime had a better chance of returning to work more focused, energized and happier than those who chose to take their breaks later in the day. Apparently, midmorning breaks can also be beneficial to your health. Subjects who took time to themselves before noon were less likely to suffer from lower back pain, eye strain, and headaches.
“We think midmorning breaks are more helpful because it’s easier to replenish your energy early in the day when your concentration and motivation is higher than trying to replenish when you feel much more depleted and tired,” said the study’s author Emily Hunter, Ph.D.
Oh, and you shouldn’t use the break time to do anything that resembles work—that includes paying bills, booking appointments or reading your mail because this minimizes the break’s effectiveness. You should be completely selfish, using the time only to do things that you enjoy like checking out Facebook, Twitter or even catching up on the latest gossip news. You know, whatever floats your boat.
What are some of the things that you enjoy doing during break time? What time do you usually take your break?