Eight Ways Goofing Off Can Make You More Productive

Susan Adams Forbes Staff

  1. Take a walk around the block.

Fresh air combined with a change of scene can reset blocked thought processes.

  1. Take a nap.

Some offices offer this as a perk. Closing your eyes for a 15-minute catnap can be hugely refreshing.

  1. Chat with a colleague.

Even if you only make small talk, a diverting conversation can give you a new perspective on the task at hand.

  1. Run an errand

Like walking around the block, getting out of the office and taking care of business can give your mind a break and the exercise will get your blood flowing.

  1. Brush your teeth.

The symbolism of removing decay and plaque can be especially potent when you are feeling sluggish.

  1. Spend ten minutes checking Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.

This is not as good for you as leaving your desk, but the mental distraction can offer a helpful break. Monitor your time however and don’t let yourself get sucked in for more than five minutes.

  1. Go to the gym

If your company has an exercise facility, take advantage.

  1. Go out to lunch

Judging from the habits of my colleagues, lunch out of the office is a dying American habit. But a healthy meal and good conversation can be nourishing on multiple levels.

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