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 As this infographic from our friends at Business Insider reminds us, working an eight-hour day is totally outdated.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 most often writes about making a better professional impression. She's been published on Mashable (where she was a regular career contributor), as well as Forbes, Newsweek, TIME, Inc., and Business Insider. A Staff Writer/Editor for The Muse, Sara has experience managing programs; recruiting, interviewing, and referring job applicants; building strategic partnerships; advising executive directors; and supporting a national network of volunteers. See more of her writing on her website or follow her on Twitter @sarajmccord.More from this Author