Give me a break

In its July/August 2009 issue, Experience Life magazine covers a most intriguing topic about the importance of time-outs in our lives. It is a scientific facts that our bodies need a rest after only 90 minutes of focused head work.

According to psychobiology researcher Ernest Rossi, PhD, a leading expert on ultradian rhythms and how they affect human biology, people are programmed to want to take a 20-minute break after every 90 minutes of intense focus or activity. And it’s not just that we want a break, says Rossi, we actually need one if we hope to operate at peak effectiveness and efficiency.

I always knew taking a nap was a good idea. But not only that ~ we benefit from a daily time-out in other ways, too. The article cites the classic example of Google’s 80/20 rule in which 20% of the time should be spent ‘goofing off’. It is meant to raise people’s productivity levels. Given Google’s global grip, I’d say they’re on to something.

Mid-day respites are not just for the IT industry. My husband’s biotech company encourages a round or two of Fussball during their lunch break. Since I work for myself, a brief jaunt outside to smell the roses does me a world of good.

How do you rest each day?


  1. Willow Drinkwater

    June 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I dig potatoes these days! And an occasional onion. Then bring them inside for a most delicious feast.

  2. suzannehenry

    July 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    This is exactly why i work for myself. The constant eyes at traditional workplaces accusing one of “slacking off” if you dare get up from your desk more than 3 times a day was too much for me! I used to regularly take a walk around the (short) block at my old workplace. People thought I was crazy. But, I knew better! Now, it isn’t an issue. Thank goodness.

    1. powerofslow

      July 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

      I predict there will be a massive shift in workplace thinking soon. I should think employers would want their workers to get up and move around ~ a limber employee is ultimately a more productive one! 😉

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