There's no doubt that as you move up the proverbial corporate ladder, you feel more inclined to more stuff done as soon as possible. But according to the New York Times, skipping breaks might actually be doing more harm than good, and here's why:
Mental concentration is similar to a muscle, says John P. Trougakos, an assistant management professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Rotman School of Management. It becomes fatigued after sustained use and needs a rest period before it can recover, he explains - much as a weight lifter needs rest before doing a second round of repetitions at the gym.
So the next time you're facing difficulty in focusing on
one particular task, then that's probably a sign your brain needs a
break. You'll probably end up getting more done in less time
than working all day long.