Improving productivity by taking frequent breaks

In this McKinsey article the author tries to dispel the myth of Multitasking. She talks about how the brain is really not capable of doing multiple tasks but keeps switching between tasks. Too much of switching between email to reading to speaking on the phone results in stress and mistakes.

In an example, a founder of a company implemented the concept of taking frequent breaks. Some of the techniques that he implemented were

  • Schedule breaks between meetings
  • The CEO would take 25-45 minutes break to go offline which would include being switched off from mail, messages, etc
  • Go off for a walk
  • cheering people who would leave office to go for a run.

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