Does taking a break make you more, or less productive?
A study was done by Dr. West from the University of Miami. This is it’s summary.
First of all, taking a break is described as “a self-generated interlude in the stream of one’s current work activities.”
In this study, over 300 city managers’ break habits were studied.
They used the time to engage in a physical activity, for private reflection time, and to engage coworkers.
Taking more breaks is associated with increased effectiveness and feeling restored.
Taking more breaks is associated with reducing stress.
Senior managers strongly agree that they get good ideas when allowed to think alone.
Organizations that encourage time out for reflection are associated with increased managerial effectiveness.
Personally, I find that taking a break increases my energy level, it mentally restores me, and it allows me to tackle problems from a new point of view. Some of my greatest moments of creativity come when kicking around ideas with coworkers over a cup of coffee.
Do you think taking a break makes you more effective?