The Benefits of Not Being Busy

Busy, Busy, Busy. That’s how you stay productive at work. You always have to be doing something, maybe even multiple things at once, to be productive. But what if not doing work could make you even more productive? Sounds counter-intuitive, right? But it’s true.

Recent studies have shown that spending some of your day not doing any work at all can actually make you more productive and improve your wellness. So here are some tips on how to not do work effectively.

Acknowledge what is Causing Your Stress

If you can feel yourself getting overwhelmed and starting to stress out, take the time to step back and think about it. Try to identify what it is that is causing you to get stressed, whether it is a deadline, too much work, or something at home. Taking the time to acknowledge the issue can help you calm down and refocus on the tasks at hand.

Talk to Your Coworkers

When you are starting to get anxious or just need a break, take the time to go have a friendly conversation with a coworker. Social interaction is a great way to get your mind off of what is stressing you out, helping to refresh yourself in the process.

Take Regular Breaks

This one seems pretty obvious and straight forward, but taking breaks is probably the easiest way to improve your wellness and productivity. Spending a few minutes of every hour to step away from your work can help ease stress on your mind and your body.

Keep Your Body Happy

Physical stress can build up just as quickly as mental stress. It is important that throughout the day you take time to take care of the physical stresses as well. Spend some time stretching at regular intervals or go take a brief walk around the office. You could even look into a sit-stand workstation, such as our line of Freedom Stands and Desks, in order to switch back and forth between sitting and standing.