Last night it sucker punched me in the face, like all good ideas do, just as I was falling asleep.
Thankfully, I still remember it this morning.
There are tons of studies proving that taking micro breaks throughout your work day increase productivity and decrease fatigue and accident risk:
- The impact of rest breaks upon accident risk, fatigue and performance: A review
- Scheduling and improving ergonomic breaks using environmental information
- Effects of exercise breaks on performance, muscular load, and perceived discomfort in data entry and cognitive tasks
- Effects of software programs stimulating regular breaks and exercises on work-related neck and upper-limb disorders
There are even tons of apps you can install on your laptop to remind you to take said breaks, especially vital for those of us who type all day as part of our regularly scheduled programs where the chance of carpal tunnel is especially high.
And while researching this topic I came across quite a few scare tactic (but relevant) posts pointing out how sitting at your desk is the new smoking.
And to this end, I’ll take a twenty second break during every single video or podcast that I produce.
Yes, of course, the music will be nerd / code / STEM related.
Cause that’s how I roll.
Don’t know what that means? Check this out: