Stimulate the Creative Part of Your Brain
So, breaks help us accomplish more. But do they really help with creativity?
Science writer Jonah Lehrer, author of the book Imagine says that many of our most creative, productive thoughts come “at odd moments outside the office," not while we’re trying to force them during long sessions at our desks.
The famous “Google 20%" is a takeoff on the notion that work breaks are crucial for both creativity and productivity. One day per week (20% of the work week hours) an employee can spend time on creative side projects. Google has since morphed this idea and Google Labs into Google X, now considered the company’s creative and entrepreneurial hub.
In my article Four Tips to Staying Focused When Working From Home, I have made suggestions for breaks when you work from a home office. I give tips on appropriate times to step away and helpful cues that help you with your workday flow. Activity suggestions include a simple walk around the block, exercise, meditation and running errands.
If you work in an office away from home, Susan Adams, a writer for Forbes.com, recommends chatting with a colleague, spending ten minutes checking social media (if you have access at work), going to the gym and going out to lunch.