It’s an hour before lunch (or two hours before you can clock out), and you desperately want to take a break. You want to go for a walk, grab a cup of coffee, even check your Facebook or Twitter feed—something to shut your brain off for a little bit.
Regardless of what your gossipy colleague thinks, you’re not rebelling against your work. In fact, your natural inclination to take a break could optimize your productivity. As this infographic from our friends at Business Insider reminds us, working an eight-hour day is totally outdated. It would make a lot more sense to visualize the workday in shorter spans of time—with built-in breaks.
So the next time you want a 15-minute break from email, take it. You just may have a much more productive rest of your day.
Infographic courtesy of Business Insider Australia. Photo of happy man courtesy of Shutterstock.
Sara McCord is a freelance writer and editor, who most frequently covers the career beat. For nearly three years, she was an editor at The Muse, and she's regularly contributed career advice to Mashable. Her advice has been published across the web (Forbes, Newsweek, Fast Company,TIME, Inc., Business Insider, CNBC and more). Sara has experience managing programs; recruiting, interviewing, and referring job applicants; building strategic partnerships; advising executive directors; and supporting a national network of volunteers. Learn more and send her a note through her website, or follow her on Twitter @sarajmccord.More from this Author