Here in the United States, smoking is on the decline and has been for several years. Although smoking is dangerous for our health, a colleague of mine recently pointed out a positive aspect of smoking. Back in the days when smoking at work was popular, at least it was a reason to take five or ten minute breaks from work. People would walk outside for their smoke breaks and get a little sunshine.

These days though, it’s more popular to just work straight through those breaks, which doesn’t help our productivity. The break room productivity hacks I’d like to share with you today will help you make the most of your short work breaks.

According to this infographic called Time for a Break: Break Room Hacks for Workplace Productivity (by, what we do and eat during our office breaks can play a big part in how productive we are after those breaks. According to the accompanying blog post:

Taking a few breaks during the day has many advantages. It sharpens concentration, improves health and boosts productivity. That’s why it’s so important to make your office break room inviting so employees want to use it.

With all the bad things I’ve read about caffeine, it’s nice to read the positive effects of caffeine in this infographic. It’s also nice to see the small list of items we can eat during our breaks which can help boost productivity.

Berries, seeds, nuts, avocados, yogurt, dark chocolate and green tea are all things that can recharge our batteries during our breaks, which sets us up for more productive work afterwards. I also think it’s interesting that coffee makes us more friendly at work. I giggled when I read that. I’ve personally noticed that I’m more tolerant, helpful, friendly and support of others after a cup or two of coffee.

If you have any additional tips for how to maximize our office breaks, please leave them in the comment section below. This is fun information that can help us all to be more productive.

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The article was written by Diana Adams and seen on PodJam.TV Blog.