Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

(Dean Sanderson)
(Dean Sanderson)

Tip of the day

Don't take that coffee break Add to ...

Taking short breaks during the workday will not necessarily revitalize you but could be helpful if you use the time to do something positive and work-related, says Harvard Business Review.

Most people assume it’s good to take a few breaks during the day – grab a coffee, make a personal call, check Facebook – and then return to work refreshed.

More related to this story

But those non-work related breaks may be making you more tired and distracted. Detaching from work is only beneficial if it’s over a longer period of time.

If you need a break – and we all do – try writing out a to-do list or giving a colleague a compliment instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage or listening to music.

If you do something work-related during those brief times you’ll be more engaged and energized. At the end of the day, you can punch out and pursue those non-work conversations and hobbies.

Today’s management tip was adapted from “ Coffee Breaks Don’t Boost Productivity After All” by Charlotte Fritz.

Reuters

Follow us on Twitter: @Globe_Careers

 

Topics:

In the know

Most popular video »

Highlights

More from The Globe and Mail

Most Popular Stories