To Stay on Schedule, Take a Break

Posted on June 20th, 2012 by

A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion… Mostly, though, workers don’t take enough breaks — especially breaks involving movement, says James A. Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He has done studies showing that workers who remain sedentary throughout the day are impairing their health. “The design of the human being is to be a mobile entity,” says Dr. Levine, who is also a proponent of standing, and even walking, while working and during meetings.

 

NY Times by Phyllis Korkki

Tags: Dr. James A. Levine, mental break, NY Times, Psychology and Psychiatry, Research

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