This week my attitude has changed from "too busy to break" to "breaks are good".
Logically I knew this all along and took the line of "unfortunately, I just don't have the time!" Last week circumstances conspired to put me in a place where I had three breaks. I couldn't work during those breaks and I was with other people. The first time, I relaxed and enjoyed myself and returned to my desk slightly concerned about how much pressure I'd now be under to complete my tasks for the day.
Not only did I blitz through them, I wiped out half of my remaining task list.
On Tuesday I deliberately and voluntarily took a break. I am an absolute convert.
Additionally: I read this article. The article itself is interesting and useful but the comments are horrifying! This article has a lot of comments from people who hate their boss or feel they are hated by others because they themselves are exceptionally good at their job.
Am I wrong to wonder if they are the individuals who need to be fractionally more self reflective and wonder if maybe they are on the other side of the article?
Internet rule #1: NEVER READ THE COMMENTS