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How Scheduling Breaks Between Tasks Boosts Creativity

Individuals are regularly overwhelmed by a huge quantity of work that must be accomplished in a short period of time, making it difficult to keep up with the strain. When workers find it difficult to complete their tasks, they typically have to compromise on either the quality of their output or their work-life balance. However, neither of these two solutions helps the status of the workforce. Having to turn in work that you know could have been done better if you had a little more time, or losing your personal time to work may gradually lead to diminished job satisfaction and, as a consequence, reduced retention, quiet quitting, and, in the extreme, resigning. Hence, this YouTube video on the TED Talks channel highlights how scheduling breaks between tasks boosts creativity, making it easier for employees to face such situations. 

The video opens by implying that there are many circumstances in which employees are assigned projects that require the same amount of input, creativity, and time to complete all of them and send them over to superiors. However, the video implies that it is tough to manage multiple tasks at once, particularly those that need a creative mindset. According to the video, the most common approaches for working on several creative jobs are to either complete the first and then go on to the second, or to work on the first until bored and then switch to the second, and so on. However, the video suggests that there is a third technique for getting this done faster, which involves switching between projects at regular, predetermined intervals. The video states that while it may appear to be comparable to moving between tasks when bored with one, it is not. According to the video, being bored and switching projects causes us to hit a creative dead end without even recognizing it. However, scheduling breaks between tasks boosts creativity and allows us to reset our thinking and look at the work from a fresh perspective. Finally, the video concludes that not only does scheduling breaks between tasks boost creativity, but it also boosts the diversity of ideas developed and allows us to get more done in less or the same amount of time. 

Taking the appropriate amount of time off work to refresh your thoughts and return to work stronger is critical. Even tiny breaks in between normal job responsibilities have a big effect. The preceding text explains how scheduling breaks between tasks boosts creativity and productivity.

MIT PE Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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