I googled “What is the most efficient amount of time to work before taking a break?”

I love google.

When I was a kid I used to ask my mom all sorts of obscure inquiries and she would say, “I  don’t know …” and I would respond with, “they should have something where you can ask these kinds of questions and get good answers.”  (Who was the “they” I was referring to?  One really wonders.)

And now there is Google.

Anyway, my wonderful “they” today answered the question: 52 minutes is the optimal time to work.  Then you’re supposed to take a 17 minute break that involves something totally different and then come back.

I tried it today.

I have to say, I had great focus and amazing stick-to-it-iveness.

Give it a try  – even if you don’t use these exact numbers, the rule holds true; your brain will do much better with a bit of a mental shower. You’ll come away from your break with renewed energy and a bit of a refreshed perspective.  : )