In productivity, continuous work is considered as unfruitful. Whether you are working in an accounting office or trying to invent a light-bulb, taking regular short breaks are very important. You can call them mini-vacations. When you are frustrated and tired, just take a break. Your mind is exhausted and is unable to think clearly. It is working at full RPM and wants you to slow down. It wants you to take a break.
Sometimes, the science behind the importance of taking short breaks can feel like a conspiracy to promote laziness.
Breaks Are Essential
When you go on vacation, you are not running away from work. Studies show that breaks can enhance cognitive function. Long breaks can reboot your cognitive energy and make you more productive after the break.
Scientific research has proved that the brain is a muscle. And like every other muscle, it gets tired from a repetitive process. Many of us have the idea of an ideal worker that could be completely wrong. Workers who come in first and go out last, workers pulling all-nighters, and workers trying to reach the marathon work performance are considered as ideal workers.
These workers never seem to stop working. Like a runner after running a few miles flags down, our ability to perform tasks with full productivity diminishes with continuous effort. We need breaks. And we need them regularly.
Breaks Help Maintain Focus
To make it a bit more convincing, researchers suggest that your brain can only focus with full intensity for about 90 to 120 minutes. You may feel good when you are in a flow. The ideas are flowing fast and smooth, but that doesn’t last long. If you focus on something more than that, you will start skipping input and give a wrong output.
Also, daydreaming is often considered taboo at work. But a study in the University of California showed that people who actively performed day-dreaming were about 41% more productive. Don’t worry. But don’t get on it. You don’t need to think a lot about how to take short breaks and what to do during those breaks.
Take a Nitaai Break!
So, open your mind.
If you have a smartphone, set a timer for 50 minutes. The best thing to learn from time is how it is divided. You got 12 slots where you can organize lots of activities that you want to do during the day. The best time management tool on the planet is on your wrist. Your watch. When you start an activity, make sure you make up your mind to do it for 50 minutes. After those 50 minutes, take a 10-minute break.
During the break, instead of indulging yourself in energy-sucking activities like chatting or checking your phone and Facebook and WhatsApp, try Nitaai Breathing. Nitaai is a rejuvenating sound. If you take time to practice the sound of Nitaai for just 5 minutes to start with, you will be ready for the next 50 minutes. Don’t worry about time. Make it approximated. 50 minutes work. 10 minutes of Nitaai Breathing. Do this, and you will be able to take your productivity to the next level.