Reach Your Peak Performance!

Have you ever put so much pressure on yourself to finish a project that you thought you were going to die of frustration?
You tell yourself “Just a few more hours!” “I can do this!” “Come on, concentrate!”
Sound like you? Yeah… sounds like me too!

According to a study in Cognition,

taking breaks can help you stay focused on your task.

Your brain needs small breaks.  It needs that change of atmosphere, that change of task, or that change of activity to wake itself back up.  So, if you have a project that you’re working on, give yourself those mini-breaks.  Go for that coffee, go for that walk around the block, or go photo flipping through Facebook.  Give your brain that wake-up call that it needs, and you’ll see your creativity and productivity sky rocket.

Hmmm… I wonder if this applies to housework too?


Atsunori Ariga, Alejandro Lleras. Brief and rare mental ‘breaks’ keep you focused: Deactivation and reactivation of task goals preempt vigilance decrements. Cognition, 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2010.12.007

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