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7 Things to Do During Your Lunch Break

According to HBR, taking breaks helps us focus on our objectives better. They write: “Studies show we have a limited capacity for concentrating over extended time periods, and though we may not be practiced at recognizing the symptoms of fatigue, they unavoidably derail our work. No matter how engaged we are in an activity, our brains inevitably tire.

So breaks should be more than eating a salad in your desk while reading e-mails. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 7 useful things that you should try out to increase your focus and productivity. Most productive people take breaks every hour. But that doesn’t mean they waste their time.

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7 Things to Do During Your Lunch Break

  1. 1. Breaks are important! The most productive people work for 52 minutes, then break for 17 minutes 2008 University of Illinois study found that the brain’s attentional resources drop after a long period of focusing on a single task. Working longer decreasing our focus performance. But even brief diversions could significantly increases the ability to focus. 52 minutes 17 minutes
  2. 2. Breaks: Increase productivity Increase creativity Reduce stress Improve collaboration
  3. 3. Use your breaks wisely! Take a real break: Breaking from work for 60 seconds to chow down your lunch at your desk doesn’t count. Plan your breaks: time is a nonrenewable resource. Don’t spend your break looking at a screen
  4. 4. Things to do during a real break
  5. 5. Use Weekdone weekly reporting to increase your productivity and have more time for breaks. weekdone.com CLICK TO START
  6. 6. Eat your lunch And enjoy it. The best foods to eat to replenish glucose are nuts, apples, pears, blueberries, cheese and fish.
  7. 7. 49.2% of Americans meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic physical activity. 20.8% of Americans meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic physical and muscle-strengthening activity. Get moving Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
  8. 8. Nap Z Z Z Z Z Z Napping relieves stress and gives you a fresh start. People who nap show greater emotional resilience, improved cognitive function, and more. Research on pilots shows that a 26-minute nap enchances performance by 34% and alertness 54%
  9. 9. Communicate with your loved ones ;) ^_^ Research shows that employees who socialize are both happier and able to do as much as their non-socializing coworkers who spend more time working.
  10. 10. Don’t get stuck in a routine. Don’t go to the same deli everyday or eat with the same colleague. Mix things up in order to clear your head and boost your energy.
  11. 11. Have a system in place to make sure you’re not missed but can be reached if there’s an emergency. It helps you relax and avoid obsessively checking your e-mail during lunch. Make sure you’re not disturbed. WILL RETURN 1 2 3 4 5 67 8 9 10 11 12
  12. 12. Read a book Being engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which will strengthen your attention span. Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.
  13. 13. Use Weekdone weekly reporting to further increase your productivity and have more time for breaks. weekdone.com CLICK TO START
  14. 14. 7 LIFEHACKS: HOW TO SUCCEED IN PRODUCTIVITY WITHOUT REALLY TRYING 12 BEST TIME MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES 9 UNIQUE TRAITS OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAMS BE MORE PRODUCTIVE NOW 7 LIFEHACKS BY WEEKDONE (that can be absorbed during a coffee break) BY WEEKDONE WEEKLY STATUS REPORTS 12 BEST TIME MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES RELATED CONTENT

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According to HBR, taking breaks helps us focus on our objectives better. They write: “Studies show we have a limited capacity for concentrating over extended time periods, and though we may not be practiced at recognizing the symptoms of fatigue, they unavoidably derail our work. No matter how engaged we are in an activity, our brains inevitably tire. So breaks should be more than eating a salad in your desk while reading e-mails. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 7 useful things that you should try out to increase your focus and productivity. Most productive people take breaks every hour. But that doesn’t mean they waste their time.

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