From the NYT article: Relax! You’ll Be More Productive –

“A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”

This really isn’t that surprising, is it? Avoiding burnout is key to productivity.   According to this article, you should plan your long  tasks for un-interrupted 90 minute chunks and then take a break before returning to them.

“As athletes understand especially well, the greater the performance demand, the greater the need for renewal. When we’re under pressure, however, most of us experience the opposite impulse: to push harder rather than rest.”

So, when you feel the pressure – take a moment, relax, take some time for yourself (maybe get some acupuncture) and head back to your task with fresh eyes and a renewed vigor!

Check out the full text here: Relax! You’ll Be More Productive –

For a related piece – check out The Busy Trap.