What is certain is that everyone should stop for a moment every 20 minutes. However, the content of such a break is not always the same and depends on the context.
Someone with a routine job would do well to stop for a moment, stretch or walk around the office and look as far as they can for at least half a minute (gaze at infinity).
COMPLEX, CHALLENGING WORK
For complex, challenging work, a short break of a few minutes is ideal to continue working with greater concentration. The condition is that you do not take up another “task” in between or get distracted by a new problem. Again, some movement together and gaze at infinity is recommended. “Stretch, stretch, peer”
Short breaks are also more than recommended during meetings.
- They offer a solution to the limited duration of our focused attention
- Regular, short breaks allow participants to reflect (during the breaks), consolidate and prepare targeted questions.
- Often, participants hold back from asking a question that is important only to his/her department. But with (obligatory) breaks every 20 minutes, chances are you will speak to that person and learn from them or even create new ideas and projects.
TRAININGS FOR ADULTS
In adult training, rest breaks are even more important. Everyone learns from what fascinates them or what is important to them. This varies from person to person. Frequent, closely spaced breaks are essential. It allows all participants to ask and discuss those things that are relevant to them.