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The two o’clock wave of yawning and boredom; it affects the best of us. Around the six hour mark of an eight hour day, productivity has been shown to decline because of tiredness and boredom. Attempting to keep focused for a full eight our day is very difficult for not only our minds but also our body. Sitting at a desk for that amount of time can wear you down, so how do you avoid this seemingly inescapable deterioration at two o’clock? Simple, take a break or three!
Studies have shown that the optimal time of intense, unbroken focus is approximately 52 minutes. Our brains work most efficiently in this time period but need a temporary rest after intense focus. Taking a short break after 52 minutes can help us avoid boredom and gives your brain real time to recuperate and create necessary connections for long-term memory. Whether studying to become a Medical Transcriptionist/Healthcare Documentation Specialist or already in the Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation industry, taking a break can help you perform and increase productivity.
Guilt, the number one reason people don’t take a break. Most people are nervous to take a break because of a guilty feeling; in actuality going outside and getting some fresh air or doing some stretches at your desk for five minutes can aid in productivity, making you more money. Closing your eyes, leaning back in your chair and taking multiple deep breathes or listening to one of your favourite songs will help you de-stress and regain your composure. Don’t feel guilty about increasing productivity!
Students are often worried about taking breaks because they don’t want to fall behind in the course or because a fear of the inability to regain focus. Falling behind in the course will not be the result of a five to ten minute break every hour, which in fact assists in the retention of information for future recollection of the information. Regaining focus is all about will power, it is much easier to regain focus after simply stretching or having an apple then it is after going for a walk or picking the kids up from school. A great way to regain your composure is to set a goal, “I am going to read another 30 pages, take notes on them and do a quiz.” Setting a goal can help your mind refocus and create a sort of competition for yourself, when you complete this task, reward yourself with another five minute break.
Taking a break can be very usual and the stigma that breaks take away time from the job at hand needs to be broken. Increasing your productivity will allow you to get more done in the same amount of time spent working without breaks.