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Structured distraction: how to make the most of your breaks at work

Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Ness Labs
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Breaks refuel our productivity and creativity

  • We alternate between short bursts of attention and distraction, when we unconsciously pause and scan the environment
    • Key to human survival
  • Breaks help maintain performance throughout the day and decrease need for long recoveries
    • Restore motivation and ability to focus
    • Consolidate memories
    • Increase creativity
    • Improve physical and mental wellbeing

Take micro-breaks (5 to 10 minutes) every hour or long breaks (30+ minutes) every three hours

  • Movement: get up and move your body
  • Mental: meditate or deep breathe
  • Social: chat with colleague
  • Nature: absorb sunlight or oxytocin
  • Creative: draw, listen to music
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