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Give yourself a psychological buffer zone

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Man with greying beard relaxing outside, hands behind his head, with a relaxed expression.
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Inevitably, it comes for all of us: Sometime during your fifth Zoom meeting of the day, or the third, or even the first, the brain fuzz sets in. Someone’s talking, but you have no idea what they’re saying. “Does anyone have questions?” comes through your speaker. Of course you don’t. You can almost hear yourself hitting a wall.

This kind of short-term burnout may be ubiquitous, but it’s also preventable. In fact, if you’re deliberate about it, just a few minutes can make a world of difference.

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An easy strategy for being happier and more productive at work

A woman stretches, talks on phone, and meditates while taking work breaks from home.
A woman stretches, talks on phone, and meditates while taking work breaks from home.
Illustration: Abbey Lossing

While no one can make more time, energy is a different matter. Ever wonder why it takes twice as long to write a report at 2:30 p.m. as it does at 10:30 a.m.? You haven’t gotten dumber — it’s just that your energy levels change during the workday. One study found that people were most likely to report high energy levels at 8 a.m., probably when that first cup of coffee kicked in. Energy levels then drifted steadily downward into the afternoon.

That same study, however, found that a single five-minute session of stair climbing could raise energy levels for…

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