Slacking off can boost productivity

breakI’ve written before about the power of naps to increase learning and productivity. A recent article on points out that all kinds of seemingly frivolous activities can be beneficial in the workplace. “A growing body of research suggests that the longer you keep your rear end in your chair and your eyes glued to your screen, the less productive you may be,” writes Susan Adams. “Getting up from your desk and moving not only heightens your powers of concentration, it enhances your health.” Researchers have studied the power of naps, exercise, daydreaming, and chatting with co-workers, among other activities, to increase brain power, and they’ve all come to the same conclusion: Taking breaks is good for you—and good for your productivity. Adams offers a list of eight ways to recharge your brain:

  • Take a walk.
  • Take a nap.
  • Chat with a co-worker.
  • Run an errand.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Go to lunch.
  • Spend a few minutes checking a social media site.
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