I’m going to get straight to the point here: Take a break.

Schedule regular breaks every day

Schedule regular vacations (you decide how long) throughout the year.

Make them habits

Here’s why:

  • Taking a vacation increases productivity by 82% (Lovell, 2004)
  • In 2007, workplace stress was estimated to cost US companies more than $300 billion a year in poor performance, absenteeism and health costs (Wittern, 2007)
  • Stress and mental health problems accounted for 40% of long-term disability claims in Canada in 2006 (Simard, 2006)
  • One-third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress. (America Psychological Association, 2007)
  • Fifty-one percent of employees said they were less productive at work as a result of stress (American Psychological Association, 2009)
  • Forty-four percent of workers have gained weight in their current job and nearly one-third (32%) say that work related stress contributed to their weight gain (CareerBuilder Inc., 2010b).

So reduce the stress, avoid the burn-out, make your down-time a regular priority. Do something small every day: take a break, connect with colleagues, take a walk, check out of work-mode temporarily.


Make it a habit.

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