Many of us feel pressure to stay late at the office — we’d hate to be the first to leave, and we want our supervisors to think we’re working hard. This thinking is antiquated. The arbitrary nine-to-five schedule was instituted in the 1800s, but it doesn’t align with what we know about how we work best. In truth, we should be working fewer, smarter hours: People often confuse busyness for productivity, and the mixup can lead to tired, stressed-out and unproductive employees.
When should we work instead? When we are most productive. Every individual will have a productivity pattern that differs from another’s. But there’s a general rule that should be shared by everyone: Breaks should be taken throughout the day. Without purposeful pauses, our brains don’t have time to recover and process information. Check out the infographic below to learn more about how you can become a passionate, powerful and productive employee.