• why busier isn’t better

 

 

As a human race, we are always on the go. We grab a coffee, while on the phone with our boss, walking to work and simultaneously mentally prepping for a meeting. We take lunch at our desk with our eyes focused on our computers, never truly coming up for air. We are wired to feel that being busy is necessary in order to succeed, when in reality it’s the opposite. Studies show that people who take breaks and split up their tasks are able to get more done and see positive impacts on various aspects of their lives.

 

 

why busier isn't better

 

The typical office requires employees work 8-10 hour days, with one break for lunch. This can include back to back meetings, research, writing and a lot of other activities that require a high level of concentration. Couple that with around 14-20 days a year of holiday and you can see why many people feel burnt out in their office roles. Recently, companies have started to take notice of the fact that employees are far more productive when they are given breaks. More and more we see companies allowing unlimited vacation days, work from home opportunities and office environments that encourage taking some time to decompress each day.


Working long hours with no time to relax and essentially do nothing can be very detrimental to your mental and physical health. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, has said, "People are working so many hours that not only in most cases do they not have more hours they could work, but there's also strong evidence that when they work for too long they get diminishing returns in terms of health costs and emotional costs. If time is no longer an available resource, what is? The answer is energy." People have limits to the amount of time they can work and still give their best effort and energy to a project. Feeling rundown and overworked is a combination for poor performance in both work and your personal life.

 

 

busier isn't better

 

 

The solution to help increase your productivity and improve your mental and physical health is simple. Do nothing. Put away your electronic devices and use that time to unwind. Even the most mundane activities can help boost creativity and self-awareness. Try a crossword, work on a puzzle or simple sit with your thoughts and allow your brain to recover from the data of the day. Your mind will thank you.

 

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why busier isn’t better

 

 

As a human race, we are always on the go. We grab a coffee, while on the phone with our boss, walking to work and simultaneously mentally prepping for a meeting. We take lunch at our desk with our eyes focused on our computers, never truly coming up for air. We are wired to feel that being busy is necessary in order to succeed, when in reality it’s the opposite. Studies show that people who take breaks and split up their tasks are able to get more done and see positive impacts on various aspects of their lives.

 

 

why busier isn't better

 

The typical office requires employees work 8-10 hour days, with one break for lunch. This can include back to back meetings, research, writing and a lot of other activities that require a high level of concentration. Couple that with around 14-20 days a year of holiday and you can see why many people feel burnt out in their office roles. Recently, companies have started to take notice of the fact that employees are far more productive when they are given breaks. More and more we see companies allowing unlimited vacation days, work from home opportunities and office environments that encourage taking some time to decompress each day.


Working long hours with no time to relax and essentially do nothing can be very detrimental to your mental and physical health. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, has said, "People are working so many hours that not only in most cases do they not have more hours they could work, but there's also strong evidence that when they work for too long they get diminishing returns in terms of health costs and emotional costs. If time is no longer an available resource, what is? The answer is energy." People have limits to the amount of time they can work and still give their best effort and energy to a project. Feeling rundown and overworked is a combination for poor performance in both work and your personal life.

 

 

busier isn't better

 

 

The solution to help increase your productivity and improve your mental and physical health is simple. Do nothing. Put away your electronic devices and use that time to unwind. Even the most mundane activities can help boost creativity and self-awareness. Try a crossword, work on a puzzle or simple sit with your thoughts and allow your brain to recover from the data of the day. Your mind will thank you.

 

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to share it via our ready-to-go tweet.

 

 

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    Sarah Lopeman
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