Can breaks from work improve your productivity?

This is what Abraham Lincoln had to say on this topic:

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my Axe”

At first look, that statement might look a bit impractical. I have seen people who work for 95% of their available time and in the remaining 5% of the time, think about what else they could do, and how to go about doing it! To be frank, I have seen people on the other side of this spectrum too – the ones that pretend to do a lot of work, but are actually in a permanent state of break!

During one of my jobs, I had this interesting conversation:

“Why do you guys keep working (sending mails) on weekends?”

“What to do, we have so much work!”

“No. If you had worked to your full potential on weekdays, you don’t have to work on weekends.” Continue reading “Can breaks from work improve your productivity?”