Ok so this has to be my favourite blog that I have the pleasure of sharing with you. It is all about how slacking off during the working day really can make you more productive… No, I’m not just trying to get out of work (sorry to my boss if you’re reading this!), I love my job but it is nice to hear that you shouldn’t feel bad for wanting to get away from your desk because it is actually beneficial for you. Did you know that the guy who came up with the famous Nike “just do it” tag line, did so whilst daydreaming about something else entirely un-work related!!
Here comes the science bit, it is said that “stretching and walking around once every 30 minutes throughout the day stimulates blood flow and leads to a burst of hyper oxygenation in the brain, increasing energy and attentiveness”, well that sounds official enough for me.
Here are 8 more ways that researchers are actively encouraging us to “not work” in order to be better at it when we do. Take a look…
- Go for a walk around the block.
Fresh air combined with a change of scenery can boost productivity.
- A power nap.
Some offices offer this as a perk. Closing your eyes for a 15-minute catnap can be hugely refreshing.
- Have a chat.
Even if you only make small talk, a fresh outlook on your day can help you get a new perspective on the task at hand.
- Run an errand
Like taking a walk, getting out of the office and taking care of business can give your mind a break and the exercise will get your blood flowing.
- Brush your teeth.
The symbolism of removing decay and plaque can be especially potent when you are feeling sluggish.
- Spend a few minutes checking in on your social media sites.
Not as good for you as leaving your desk, but the mental distraction can offer a helpful break. DO NOT let yourself be distracted for more than five minutes though, as that really will not be the point of the exercise.
- Go to the gym
If your company has one, even better, take advantage.
- Go out to lunch
This seems to be a dying habit, and I am just as bad, I nip out and grab some form of food sustenance and then it’s straight back to it. Where is the opportunity to clear your head doing that?
But look, don’t get too carried away with this please people, or this will go from being “all in a good cause” to a “cause for disciplinary”!
So be sensible and happy slacking!