Big Ideas
Published in

Big Ideas

Breaking Good: Focused Work Breaks Boost Productivity

By treating downtime like the sidelines of a sporting event, workers can more quickly get back up to speed.

“There are benefits to remaining cognitively engaged, and you can enjoy those benefits even while taking a physical rest from what you’re doing.” — Paul Green

Learning From Fruit Harvesters

“What we’re basically arguing for is allowing a person to back out of the physical part for a while, to replenish their energy, but to remain engaged cognitively.” — Paul Green

Better Breaks



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Texas McCombs

News, business research, and ideas from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more at