Why switching off from work is key to boosting your productivity

History says ‘take a break’

History shows our constant battle with balance.

In 1817 the eight-hour day was first proposed, with the idea being eight hours for labour, eight hours of recreation, and eight hours of sleep.

The two main arguments were to allow for development, education and adequate leisure time to be better family members and citizens. Well, not much has changed.

Breaks provide perspective, time to breathe, learn, see the bigger picture and, in turn, be more efficient at work.

Humans are not machines. But even machines need their breaks, with services, checks, tunes, repairs, and maintenance. Similarly, work breaks function as prevention and intervention, helping us to be more resilient when stressors arise, and to perform better at our jobs.

Taking breaks provides you with renewed energy, focus and motivation. A walk and some form of movement have proven benefits for our cognitive ability.

A growing body of research suggests physical fitness is one way to boost brain health and even enhance memory and cognition, which are powerful tools and skills for your job.

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