Xerox public relations coordinator, Global Public Relations
But is this really necessary?
After the mental timeouts, I always felt better prepared to tackle the rest of my day. It was a good lesson, but at times difficult to follow. As one’s career progresses, the wisdom of taking a well-timed break gets overshadowed by multitasking and navigating today’s world of information overload.
Have you ever gone out to lunch and realized you’ve forgotten your mobile phone? The realization is often accompanied by a momentary feeling of dread and a few choice words for Murphy. But more likely than not, the sky did not fall, the company didn’t collapse and all continued to be right with the world. But even with this realization, the need to be plugged in at all times has created a market for applications that tell you when to recharge and relax.
I’m not sure if I need that sort of application, and if I ever do, it may be a symptom of a larger problem. For now I rely on a very large water bottle to facilitate breaks, and it seems to do the trick.