It’s Caturday on the Internets! (Isn’t every day Caturday on the Internets?)
In case you missed it, there was a Cat Video festival recently which celebrated the goofy cat videos we all love to watch. Well, not all of them are goofy, some are filled with angst and cat ennui. But most of them are funny.
Is it comforting or sad to know that the military industrial complex developed and funded the creation of a global interconnected group of computers so that we can watch and laugh at cat videos and LOL cats?
I’m not sure.
But I have long suspected that taking a break (or six) is actually good for productivity and now there is some science to back it up! Yay for science!
The gist of the article and study is that your brain needs a break to process, refresh or come back with a fresh set of eyes and ears every now and then. So fire up that browser already and find a few good links to “take a mini vacation”. Might I suggest you start here?
While many companies fret and worry about email, web and now social media abuse at work with claims of millions lost in productivity, I say hogwash. That kind of talk is reminiscent of the early 20th century when Henry Ford decided to reduce the work week to five days from six, and 40 hours per week instead of 48. He found that there was very little increase in productivity by forcing his workers to work more than 40 hours.
How might we change that for the modern day worker who can telecommute? Why not offer the option of four ten hour days with a three day weekend every week? Why not? Other studies have shown this can increase (in some cases) productivity by anywhere from 10-70%!
And don’t get me started about how all workers should have (and take) more vacation…
Play us out Keyboard Cat…