Do you feel you get more done when you don’t take a break during the working day? For many of us, this is the case. As your to-do list is growing more and more, it feels nearly impossible to take a break. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception that many of us feel. It’s easy to believe that by taking breaks we are being “lazy” or losing time to get things done. But the reality is, that isn’t true. When we don’t take breaks we are more receptive to stress, burn-out, and lost productivity.
However, the majority of us aren’t productive for an entire workday. Honestly, we are far from that. An article by Inc. Magazine discussed that in an 8-hour workday, we are only productive for 3 hours. 3 HOURS, out of an entire work-day is productive. It's challenging to stay productive when their are a million distractions in your way. But there has to be a reason to why we need breaks and are less productive, right?
Our brains need time to rest, and without a proper break, they aren’t able to do that. How often do you feel like you can just rip your hair out because you can't remember something? Or maybe you've been staring at the same problem for over an hour without a soultuion yet. A study done by the University of South Florida found that our memory is better when we take breaks compared to when we don't.
While the University of Illinois also had a study that tested 84 subjects, who were divided into four groups that all performed the same repetitive, computerized task for 50 minutes. The results found that those who don't take breaks, performed worse after 50 minutes compared to those who found time to take breaks. Breaks do really effect our overall performance, mental health, and physical health.