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The 3 Breaks You Need to Take Every Day

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.
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…




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Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management books including Off the Clock and 168 Hours. She blogs at

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