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The Practical Guide to Taking Intentional Breaks at Work

Marta Brzosko
Nov 9, 2017 · 12 min read

We don’t know how to stop.

“It is about the commas and full stops. On their own, they are not at all sexy. Yet, it is the commas and full stops, the pause and the breath, that transforms something unintelligible and exhausting, into something enjoyable and meaningful .” — Caroline Purkhardt, Stillness in Action

“Employees who feel more detached from work during off-hours are more satisfied with their lives and experience less emotional exhaustion and lower levels of other symptoms of psychological strain, such as poor sleep.” — Sabine Sonnentag, “The Psychological Detachment from Work During Leisure Time”

Make your break as fun as possible!

Taking intentional breaks is your responsibility

When do you need a break?

“We found that breaks taken earlier in the day recovered more resources than breaks taken later in the day. Therefore, in order to maximize output for an entire day, an employee should front-load their day with breaks to keep resources higher as the day progresses.”— Emily M. Hunter & Cindy Wu, Give me a Better Break

What is the purpose of your break?

How to design your Perfect Break — practical ideas

“Our first prescriptive finding is that breaks are more effective when spent on a preferred activity. When employees engage in an activity that they prefer, resources are recovered more effectively because the employees choose the activities that they desire to do and thus such engagement does not require additional mental energy.” — Emily M. Hunter & Cindy Wu

Ideas for your break

Parting message

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Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.