Management Tip of the Day: Take a grown-up recess

Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:20am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Managing your online time or being able to step away from your devices is an important element in stress management -- and taking a "playtime" during the work day can play a part, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"It's widely accepted that children need time to get out of the classroom and just play. Why do we assume adults grow out of this? The truth is taking breaks from work makes you more productive.

Here are three ideas for an adult recess:

1. Take a cellphone/Blackberry break. Turn off your device for 30 minutes. Give your mind a rest from the stream of incoming messages.

2. Treat yourself to a weekly food splurge. You have to shop for food anyway, why not find ways to make it more fun? Buy an unusual food you've never cooked before or visit a new farmers' market.

3. Do a crossword or read a book at lunch. Again, no extra time involved. Use the 20 minutes it takes you to eat a sandwich to engage in a non-work activity."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Guide to Managing Stress."

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<p>A businessman talks on his mobile phone as other office workers have lunch in a central Sydney park April 3, 2006. REUTERS/Will Burgess</p>