Every so often we’re going to share a guaranteed productivity booster and today is our first. And it might seem a little on the boring side: go for a walk.
We all know a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must. But how is it a productivity booster?
The girls assert that positive mental health is, in itself, a productivity booster. But there’s more to going for a walk than that.
- Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must.
- From a productivity point of view: 52 minutes work, 17 minutes break.
- So what’s a good way to spend that 17 minutes? Definitely not on Facebook. (The study said: “Those 17 minutes were spent completely away from the computer—not checking email, not on YouTube”)
- Darren Rowse Problogger started doing a full one hour walk in the middle of his day last year. It’s a huge chunk of his day to take away so he used it to listen to podcasts or practice presentations – and he asserts it made him a clearer thinker and much more productive in the afternoon
- The next time you’re feeling super frustrated or you catch your mouse hand heading towards the Facebook shortcut in your browser bar, just go around the block or to the end of your street – even as little as 5-10 minutes is enough.
- Do it several times in one day. That’s the beauty of it: there are no limits.