Do You Schedule Breaks to Increase Your Productivity at Work?

schedule breaks to increase your productivity at workWe recently discussed taking breaks at work: how long we work between breaks, if or how long we leave our workspaces on our breaks, what we do during them, and so on. While we’ve had many posts about productivity, including how to keep track of work to-dos, how to focus on work when other things are on your mind, and the best Spotify playlists to help you focus, we haven’t talked a lot about taking breaks throughout the day. Can you schedule when you take breaks at work? If so, do you tend to take a break at the same time every day? Do you schedule breaks on your calendar as appointments so that others know you are unavailable?

Even though breaks were allowed and even encouraged at most full- and part-time jobs I’ve held, I still wouldn’t stop to take my first “break” until 1 p.m. or later. Even then, it might’ve only been break time because I didn’t want to miss out on the last call for the office cafeteria salad bar at 2 p.m. I did, however, almost always take 45 minutes for lunch when I could. I would make it a point to take a long walk, read a book, or meet up with a friend.

We realize that for some of our readers’ high-demand jobs, it’s just not possible to take breaks, at least not frequently. For instance, as a trial attorney, on my docket days or days with back-to-back-to-back client meetings, or when I had trial prep, breaks weren’t always an option. I would often eat lunch at my desk, if I had time to eat at all, and I was lucky if I could get a few minutes to check my personal texts or emails.

Here are some tips we hope you find helpful when it comes trying to schedule breaks to increase your productivity at work:

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Bow Trim Tweed Suit Jacket

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

To me, when this tweed jacket is shown with the matching miniskirt, it’s just too much — but as a separate, I think the blazer has a lot of promise. I kind of like the tiny bow details — they’re not too much for me — as well as the sedate color and the collarless style with the round neckline. It would look great with a basic column of black underneath it, like a black tank top or blouse with black trousers, or a pencil skirt, or even a sheath dress. It’s available at Nordstrom Rack for $66 (from $169), with a lot of sizes still in stock. Bow Trim Tweed Suit Jacket

Two plus-size options are at Nordstrom and Talbots.

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Suit of the Week: Theory

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

This really lovely suit is from Theory. I like the sedate gray, as well as the contemporary fit, the sort of collarless jacket (the description says it’s a “cropped mock neck”), and the concealed hook-and-eye closures on the front of the jacket. I also like how the pants aren’t super tight but also not super wide — and they’re actually full-length, huzzah! The jacket (Sculpted Knit Twill Jacket) is $475 at Bloomingdale’s, and the skirt (Pintucked Knit Twill Pants) is $285.

Here’s a more affordable option (though in a lighter gray) that comes in several size ranges, including plus sizes (pantsjacket).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Seasonless Wool Extended-Shoulder Sheath Dress

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Seasonless Wool Extended-Shoulder Sheath DressWhat a fabulous basic sheath dress — and I don’t remember seeing this one before at Talbots. I like the V-neck, the invisible zip in the back (off topic, but I kind of blame the death of Classiques Entier on that exposed zipper they started putting in the back of all of their dresses!), the set in waistband, and the extended shoulder style which is a great way to test the waters of sleeveless if you’re unsure whether it’s appropriate for your office or the situation — your shoulders are covered but you don’t have the bulk of sleeves beneath a layer like a cardigan or blazer. The dress is $169-$189, available in navy, black and gray, and available in regular (2-20), petite, plus, and plus size petites. (Note that the store’s big Red Hanger sale continues — you can check out our How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Talbots post if you want to know the store’s best sellers and classic pieces.) Pictured: Seasonless Wool Extended-Shoulder Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Ellery Pumps

You may remember that a year or so ago I was drooling over Valentino’s Tango pump — so I had to rub my eyes a bit when I saw these look-a-likes at Talbots. Maybe it’s just me (after all, we all know I love a good strappy pump for the office), but these ankle strap pumps look fabulous. They’re $150 at Talbots, available in red, a “sueded denim,” and a navy napa. Ellery Ankle-Strap Pumps

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