Does wasting time make us productive?
We are living in a very demanding world. Either in work or at school, we are constantly chasing chores. We always beat deadlines. As a result, taking a break can be the least option.
Michael Guttridge, a workplace behavior psychologist says that “There’s an idea we must always be available, work all the time. It’s hard to break out of that and go to the park.”
However, the obvious result of being busy is the tendency of becoming indifferent to other important things. Parents, for instance, may forget their responsibilities to their sons and daughters, and significant others.
“People eat at the desk and get food on the computer – it’s disgusting. They should go for a walk, to the coffee shop, just get away. Even Victorian factories had some kind of rest breaks,” Guttridge added.
The reality is, taking a break is beneficial to our psychological functioning. In fact, it is necessary. Wasting time is what we need to refresh our mind and body.
Guttridge believes that taking some time to rest is in fact healthy. “Wasting time is about recharging your battery and de-cluttering,” he said.
The Chinese people have a saying that goes: “Too much of a good stuff is a bad stuff.” This is totally true. Even Henry Ford understood the importance of giving someone a break. Thus he started the eight-hour daily routine.
Henry Ford only required his employees to work eight hours a day, five days a week. He gave them two days to rest (Saturday and Sunday). Ford noticed that his employees became more efficient and productive on the assembly line.
Resting helps our body to regain strength. Scientific studies found that taking a break boosts focus and productivity.
Of course, we need to grind and push ourselves to finish a given task. But it should not hinder us from taking a break. Sometimes we need to lie low from work even if it sounds “wasting time”.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.