The new habit challenge: work the exact amount of time science tells us to. YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD TAKE REGULAR BREAKS DURING THE WORKDAY, BUT DID YOU KNOW THEY SHOULD BE EXACTLY 17 MINUTES LONG?
It turns out going hard for eight hours straight every day isn’t the best way to get work done.
Contrary to the popular convention of working ourselves to exhaustion, researchers from the University of Toronto found that taking regular breaks actually makes you more productive. This is because, according to the study’s co-author John Trougakos, once our physical energy is depleted, so too is our pool of psychological energy. Essentially, if we’re working ourselves to the point of physical exhaustion, we’re not going to get superior work performance and focus in return.