The Power of Pause: How Taking Breaks Can Boost Productivity and Wellbeing

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2 min readMay 27, 2024

Everyday, you wake up to another update on your currency’s devaluation against the dollar and you’re demoralised. You head on to TikTok or whatever social media app you prefer and consume lots of motivational videos that advise you to double your efforts, to keep pushing, to keep the hustle alive.

You think you’re fully charged to take on the day. You work all through the day with barely enough time to have a decent meal. You make it home early enough to have dinner and sleep.

Do you sometimes feel like all the sacrifices you are making to build your business might not even be worth it? Especially in Africa?! With inflation on the rise, Everyday is a hassle. We’ve all been sold on the idea of the hustle culture — the notion that the more we work, the more successful we’ll be.

But the truth is, this approach is unsustainable and can lead to burnout, anxiety, and depression. Even billionaires are telling you to pursue more important things. And this includes your mental wellbeing.

What if I told you that taking breaks could actually make you more productive and improve your overall wellbeing? Yes, you heard that right. Taking regular breaks can actually increase productivity, creativity, and focus. By taking a break, we don’t mean taking a phone-break mid-task.

The Science Behind Taking Breaks

Our brains are not designed to work non-stop. This is because our brains can only sustain attention for about 90–120 minutes before we need a rest. When we work without taking breaks, our brains become fatigued, and our ability to focus and concentrate decreases. Taking breaks allows our brains to recharge, refocus, and come back stronger.

At Spurt! we’re obsessed with supercharging all things entrepreneurship and we believe figuring out how to balance your wellbeing with your productivity is a hack for sustainable success. So we have put together this FREE workshop for people like you with experts.

Register now! It’s tomorrow and it’s a great excuse to take a break!