Do Less, Get More Done

WORKA­HOLICS, LIS­TEN UP: STEP AWAY FROM YOUR DESK TO BOOST YOUR PRO­DUC­TIV­ITY AND YOUR MOOD. YOUR BOSS – AND CO­WORK­ERS – WILL THANK YOU.

Men's Health (Singapore) - - GUY WISDOM -

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Take “Mi­cro­breaks” Tak­ing a few min­utes now and then can cut work stress while im­prov­ing your ef­fi­ciency and mood, a re­cent study re­ports. You can re­lax (“I’m not nap­ping – I’m recharg­ing!”), stimulate your mind (do some­thing that’s not a chore – think Candy Crush, not on­line bank­ing) or so­cialise (but don’t com­plain about work – chat about other top­ics). You like those Tasty videos? That’s fine. Maybe not be­fore lunch.

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Don’t Do E-mail Af­ter Hours We get it: You’re a de­voted em­ployee. But check­ing your e-mail af­ter you’ve clocked out can af­fect your fam­ily life and lead to emo­tional ex­haus­tion, new re­search con­firms. Even if you have no e-mails to read, wait­ing for that ping can bring on some­thing called “an­tic­i­pa­tory stress.” So make this an iron­clad rule – con­firm it with your boss and co­work­ers – and you’ll en­hance your job satisfaction in the long run.

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Use Your Va­ca­tion Days Al­ready You’ve heard this be­fore, but ev­i­dently it hasn’t sunk in: Last year, 55 per­cent of US em­ploy­ees left va­ca­tion time on the table, let­ting com­pa­nies keep US$61.4 bil­lion in ben­e­fits (which they don’t need). Those who take their va­ca­tion days come back re­freshed and per­form bet­ter at work, a hu­man re­source sur­vey in­di­cates. Those who don’t just an­noy their co­work­ers by go­ing full mar­tyr about all their un­used time off.

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