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Why We Shouldn't Skip Our Lunch Break

We don't need telling twice.
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We're always up for hearing new ways we can improve at our job, because, while we're pretty confident in our abilities (HI BOSS!), it's never a bad thing to have some constructive criticism.

As we all become more ingrained into the millennial way of life, it's hard to keep up levels of productivity while also maintaining a successful Insta-grid and up-to-date Snapchat channel.

So, what's the best way to ensure you never lose concentration and stay your most creative-self in the workplace?

According to Hello Giggles, a recent study by Columbia University backs-up the theory that taking regular breaks away from your work/desk area is a great way to increase productivity and be more creative.

But the breaks won't work if you just feel a little sleepy and decided to spend five minutes at the coffee machine. Instead, you need to schedule in some time away from the task that you're working on, even if it's just to start a new one before you come back to it a while later.

The researchers found that in two groups, one with scheduled breaks and one without, the group taking time away from the task were more likely to produce original, creative ideas than those who didn't take breaks.

In fact, the researchers were pretty adamant that ignoring your scheduled breaks, including your lunch break, could be a mistake.

"We tend to generate redundant ideas when we don't take regular breaks; ask yourself whether your latest ideas are qualitatively different," they wrote for the Harvard Business Review. "Finally, don't skip your lunch breaks and don't feel guilty about taking breaks, especially when you are feeling stuck. Doing so may actually be the best use of your time."