That’s what your brain can do without your awareness.

Evidence has shown that every two hours of work, a 15-minute break would boost productivity even more than ever.

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You probably have a coffee normal morning, reading the papers, checking emails and watching Facebook before the real work starts, if you’re anything like mine. When we are up, many of us prefer to travel quickly as we try to get our day started, doing a lot of things at once.

As you know, it is difficult for humans to perform several tasks at once; we turn back and forth instead and concentrate on each of them for a brief second before going to the next one. Because, as it happens, it makes our minds very fatiguing. Why does this happen? When all the oxygenated glucose that we store in the brain for further use is turned on, as when one particular task is to be concentrated upon.

“This switch is very costly in biology and makes us tired much more quickly than we are, “says Mr. Daniel Levitin, McGill University’s professor of conduct neuroscience.

“Man is getting more caffeine.” People eat more. It is mostly not caffeine, but a break that you really need at that moment. You won’t get the extra cup of coffee to your brain if you don’t take daily breaks every few hours.


And, then, what are you going to do? Research has found that a quarter-minute break is much more beneficial for productivity than ever for every two hours of work, says Levitin. Nonetheless, the 15-minute break must be made up of things that encourage the mind to step away from the machine and go for a step outside.

“It’s a different way for everybody. Yet surfing Facebook is not one of them, “says Levitin, who states why we are paying more attention to social networks actually.


Hal Pashler, a professor of psychology at UC San Diego, agrees but also argues that multitasking is not as exhausting as monotonous activities (e.g., laundry). Even when we try to perform two tasks are our brains faced with difficulties.

Levitin says that the best way to improve efficiency (especially in big projects) is to work on one task on 25 to two hours before a break. If you try to work for several tasks and end up working for just 25 minutes, Levitin says, “You just get warmed up before you leave.”

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