Listen Now: Workday Hacks: How To Work Less and Get More Done
There’s a way to get the most out of your workday; but it doesn’t include putting in an eight-hour shift.
The eight-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as a way to cut down the number of hours workers had to spend doing hard manual labor. But according to LinkedIn, the eight-hour work day is more harmful than helpful in the digital age.
In a study of how productive people are, more short breaks are better than working longer hours. The ideal work-to-break ratio was fifty-two minutes of work, followed by seventeen minutes of rest.
People who follow this structure are one hundred percent dedicated to what they’re doing during that hour. They aren’t checking social media or getting distracted by emails. When they get tired with what they’re doing, they take a break and completely separate themselves from work until they’re ready to dive back in.
A real break means leaving your desk, taking a walk or getting outside the building. Focusing on one hour at a time will make your work easier than struggling through eight.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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