Team member

Take breaks

Research suggest that not taking breaks can

  • hurt productivity
  • lead to burn out

How often?

  • Aim at a 15 minute break for every 90 minutes of work
  • The lunch break should be longer
  • Take a break more frequently than suggested above if you experience that not taking a break hurts your productivity
  • Become aware of the cues that suggest you need a break
  • Experiment and find out what is ideal for you in the context of making you as productive as you can be
  • In meetings, try to take a 5 minute break every hour.

Tips on what to do or not do during breaks

  • Do anything but work
  • Stay away from screens
  • Move your body
  • Shift your attention - use another part of the brain than the task you just did required.
  • Give yourself premission not to consentrate on anything


Source: When, How, and How Often to Take a Break