How Playing Hooky From Work Can Boost Your Productivity
Feeling stressed? Tired? Skipping out on
Dr. Tara Swart
explains to Fast Company
, taking a little extra time off from work is good for your brain. In order to be productive, Swart says, you need blood flowing to all parts of your brain. Otherwise, you don't get enough of the glucose and oxygen delivered to the
According to Swart, without the proper blood flow being sent to the higher, executive functions of the brain, you lose your ability to regulate emotions, suppress your biases, switch between tasks efficiently, solve complex problems faster, and you think less creatively. In the video , Swart likens your brain to being the CEO of your body:
"...if you knew how your CEO thinks, what their values are, or how they like to work, you'd be able to give them the best piece of work that you can. It's exactly like that with your brain. The more you know about how it works, the more you can get out of it."
So Swart suggests you take some personal time off whenever you're really stressed or having interpersonal problems in the workplace. Call in sick even if you aren't, or better yet, take one of those "mental health days" that aren't used often enough. You'll come back more productive, creative, and feeling warmer towards your coworkers. So, yeah, anyway, I'm going to go take the rest of the day off (don't tell my editors), and I hope you do too.