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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

hello all,

I’m just curious to ask (for some private research and curiosity):

When you sit down to work in a morning (or afternoon for that matter), how long can you work for effectively before needing to take a break?

Whether you work in an office, coffee shop, for yourself or an employer – do you find you have a limited timeframe you can work before your work quality begins to suffer?

If so, do you impose time limitations on each work period?

Interested to hear your responses :)

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CodingJack says

4 hours max. Then I need at least 15 minutes to clear my mind – usually eat something and flip through television channels during the break.

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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

4 hours max. Then I need at least 15 minutes to clear my mind – usually eat something and flip through television channels during the break.

Do you limit your breaks to 15 minutes (or another set time) and find that helps? Or do you get back to work when you feel like it?

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Australia says

up at 5.00am

start at 6.00am

work thru to 12.00 midday

have an hour break, then work from 1.00pm to about 3.00pm

Within these times I have approx 4 breaks of around 5-10 mins.

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MikeMoloney says

Usually when I design or work on writing I can work for a solid 3 hours before becoming too easily distracted.

I normally take a 10-20 minute break going out for a run or playing basketball, then return.

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mrcharlesbrown says

I usually don’t limit nor calculate my efficiency timeframe. I formed the habit to try to get the work done before resting. However, I do drink a lot of liquids that empowers me while working.

To answer your question, the max is 6-7 hours.

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Coriiander says

Thanks to brain injury resulting from violent idiots on the street, I nowadays need a little break every 30 to 45 minutes orso. It’s ridiculous, very counter-productive, very slow but most of all VERY depressing (which is actually a part of needing breaks – the constant inner battle of learning to recognize and accept changes). But I suppose I should be ‘happy’ to be able to focus longer than 2 or 3 seconds again… Before the injury I could very well work effectively for multiple hours (6ish I suppose) at a time without needing any breaks/food/bio.

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Rypepixel says

I actually work in short, but extremely productive bursts. Work 45 minutes. Goof off 15-20 minutes. Work 45 minutes etc. I don’t know, works for me haha.

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mlamanna says

2hrs while working on music before i take a break.

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CodingJack says

Do you limit your breaks to 15 minutes (or another set time) and find that helps? Or do you get back to work when you feel like it?

Usually depends if I find something worth watching on tv, but most of the time I don’t and just get back to work. But I don’t work with any restrictions, like “must work x straight hours”. I generally just let my brain tell me when it’s capable of functioning correctly and when it isn’t :D

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