Increase Productivity Without Trying

Do you find it difficult to complete tasks or finish your to-do list by the end of the day? No matter their employment situation, many Americans are constantly searching for ways to increase their productivity and get more done. There is a mindset in the business world that encourages longer work days and fewer vacations, all in the name of higher profits and pulling ahead of the competition. However, there is research that indicates that people who wish to increase productivity should take a long lunch–as long as two hours. It is possible that the key to getting more done is to actually do less. 

In many European countries, it is a standard practice to take a significant break in the afternoons. Despite the fact that they are working fewer hours, workers are still productive, effective and competitive. Research indicates that it is good for the brain to break from work in the middle of the day. During a lunch break, try intentionally giving yourself a mini-vacation by trying a few of the following:

  1. Read a book
  2. Visit with friends
  3. Take a nap
  4. Exercise
  5. Engage in a hobby

Two hours in the middle of the day can rejuvenate the brain, provide the motivation to finish tasks and actually increase the amount of work that you can get done during the duration of your work day. A significant midday break may seem counterintuitive, but it could be the key to increasing personal productivity and that of your employees.

Do not be afraid to take a break. Your brain will thank you–and so will your to-do list.

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