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Between working, exercising and spending time with family, you may think you are giving yourself enough breaks, but what about during work?

Taking a regular break from work is important. But finding a productive way to use this time can be difficult when your mind’s stuck in “work mode.” What can you do to make the most of your breaks?

Hard work is not an infinite resource. Recharge yourself with thoughtful rest periods, and you will find your working day becomes far more creative and productive.

There are different strategies for a work-break balance too, and it’s important to find the one that is best for you. For example, try out a 25/5-minute split - that means work in 25-minute blocks and take five-minute breaks between. If that doesn’t work for you, there’s also 50/10 minute split.

What you do during your breaks is just as important. If you only have five minutes, eat a healthy snack, read a newspaper or even try to solve a Rubik’s Cube or play with fidget spinner. When you have 10 minutes, make a cup of tea, tidy up your desk or watch a TED talk or even search YouTube for latest tech videos. If you have got more than 10 minutes - take a walk outside, call a friend or family member or even sit in a cafe and people watch.

To learn how you can start taking breaks and maximize your time, check out Quid Corner’s infographic here or read below article.
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We have to give our body a break. Taking a break should be regular - that is, every day not every other day. Taking a few moments will not only help us feel more at ease, peaceful and satisfied, it also improves our productivity, mental and physical well-being.

, Unlike cellphones that run optimally until their batteries die, people "have to charge more frequently before we deplete all the way,"

Benefits of Taking Regular Breaks at Work:

Somehow 9 hours of work is not enough here, that is why we take overtimes or worse, we sacrifice our break times. There is nothing wrong if we work hard but we have to take it easy or suffer the sequences. Our body can do many things but we have to be wary because there is a limit.

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We have to give our body a break. Taking a break should be regular - that is, every day not every other day. Taking a few moments will not only help us feel more at ease, peaceful and satisfied, it also improves our productivity, mental and physical well-being.

There are scientific studies that support the taking of breaks. Here are some:
    • Taking a moment and freeing ourselves from the tangles of work can indeed do us good. Employees need and deserve a break.
    Studies conducted by Balci & Aghazadeh:
    • According to the studies conducted by Balci & Aghazadeh in 2003, “micro-breaks” increased the accuracy and speed or the overall performance of data entry workers. “Micro-breaks” last twenty to thirty seconds.
    Studies conducted by McLean, Tingley, and Rickards:
    • According to the studies conducted by McLean, Tingley, and Rickards in 2001, scheduled breaks are more effective than leaving breaks at the discretion of the workers.
    Studies conducted by Henning et al:
    • According to the studies conducted by Henning and colleagues, short breaks are more effective if it includes physical activities like stretching rather than sitting or sleeping.
    Studies conducted by Gao et al and Floru & Cail:
    • According to the studies conducted by Gao and colleagues in 1990 and Floru & Cail in 1987, our performance begins to deteriorate after fifty to sixty minutes of non-stop work. Deterioration can be prevented if we take breaks at least every 40 minutes. It doesn’t have to be long.
      There are only so many hours in the day 😄, so making the most of your time is critical. There are two ways to increase your output - either put in more hours or work smarter. I don't know about you, but I prefer the latter.

      Being more productive at work is not rocket science, but it does require being more deliberate about how you manage your time. This post will walk you through 16 simple-easy but effective strategies for increasing your productivity at work. 🙏

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      How Many BREAKS a Day Works BEST for YOU?

      Creating a work/break balance is crucial to keeping yourself well rested and productive. But there are different schools of thought on the best way to split your time. Here are a few to try.

      25/5 Minute Split:
      • Work in 25-mintue blocks, followed by five-minute breaks.
      • After four repetitions, take a longer, 15 - 20 minute break.
      • Helps maximize attention spans in the office.
      50/10 Minute Split:
      • Work in 50-miunte blocks, followed by a 10-minute break.
      • Allows people with longer attention spans to work for longer before needing a break.
      52/17 Minute Split:
      • Work intensely for 52 minutes, followed by 17 minutes awys from all work.
      • This method allows for fully focused work and is the technique preferred by the most productive workers.
      80/6 Minute Split:
      • Work for 80 minutes, followed by a 6-minute break.
      • The optimal break schedule for people who are pressed for time and nonnot take regular breaks.
      90 Minute Bursts:
      • Try a 90-minute burst of work followed by a proper break in which you can unwind.
      • Some studies have shown that the body is designed to work for a maximum or 90 minutes before a recovery rest tis needed.

      Now we're talking about 16 Types of Breaks:

      Once you have your ideal break period calculated, you'll need to know hot best to use your time.
      Here are some ideas to follow:

      WHEN YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES:

      Prepare a snack for an energy boost.
      • When I post something or even writing this post I was eating Shahi nimko, nuts and dates, but berries and nuts are proven to help your brain function better, improving your work output.
      Read that article you recently bookmark.
      • It allows the chance for your brain to switch off from work for a few minutes whilst stating at your desk.
      Give yourself a hand or neck massage.
      • There are plenty of video tutorials on this to be found online, and you'll find that a massage will help relieve your workplace tension.
      Try and solve Rubij's Cube or Try to Spin Fidget Spinner.
      • It can improve concentration and help you process throughts faster. while blogging I like to spin Fidget spinner because I don't have Rubik's Cube. 😂

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      WHEN YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES:

      Do a bit of tidying.
      • Empty out your work bag or your office drawers and reorganize them. Doing so will help to free up your mind and break up the day.
      Make a coffee run for the office.
      • As well as being a keen team player, a dose of caffeine will give a boost to you and your colleagues' productivity.
      Check out Lumosity.
      • The free online exercises are designed by neuroscientists and are a great way to try puzzles to re-energize your brain.
      Watch and inspirational TED talk.
      • You can allow them to pick the right one for you by selecting your interests and the time you have.

      WHEN YOU HAVE 15 MINUTES:

      Go for a walk outside.
      • Moving your body will help boost your mood, keep illness at bay and keep you energized throughout the day.
      See if a work friend could use a break.
      • Go grab some food or a hot drink and chat away as you stretch your legs.
      Listen to a podcast.
      • There are many to choose from on Spotify and iTunes, so you are bound to find something you will really enjoy.
      Step outside and call a friend or family member.
      • Check in on them and see how they are doing. They will appreciate it and can give you time to blow off some steam.

      WHEN YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES:

      Find some willing coworkers and play games.
      • A great way to change up the norm and connect with others.
      Book a 20-minute massage.
      • This gives you time to get there and back give you a real relaxing treat.
      Orginize lunch with a friend.
      • Studies show that connenting with real peoples can help replenish your mental resources.
      Sit in a Cafe and people-watch.
      • Simply sitting and watching the world outside the window will help to take strain off your eyes, helping your work.

      So give these ideas a try and figure out which break strategy works best for you - before long, you will be working like a master and enjoying every minute of your break.

      What are your best work-related productivity tips? Have you found the secret to maximizing your own productivity in the office? Share below!

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