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Great Article. To summarize - take time out to relax, socialise and help people rather than just work more. It will make your life better. Thanks Adam!

I just found a Forbes article on 8 ways goofing off can make you more successful:

From that article by Susan Cain:

I offer this list of productive ways to goof off during the day and evening. They will boost your productivity and sense of well being. But beware not to overdo any of them. Take too many breaks and you may enter the realm of procrastination.

1. Take a walk around the block.

Fresh air combined with a change of scene can boost productivity.

2. Take a nap.

Some offices offer this as a perk. Closing your eyes for a 15-minute catnap can be hugely refreshing.

3. Chat with a colleague.

Even if you only make small talk, a fresh outlook on your day can help you get a new perspective on the task at hand.

4. Run an errand

Like walking around the block, getting out of the office and taking care of business can give your mind a break and the exercise will get your blood flowing.

5. Brush your teeth.

The symbolism of removing decay and plaque can be especially potent when you are feeling sluggish.

6. Spend ten minutes checking Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.

This is not as good for you as leaving your desk, but the mental distraction can offer a helpful break. Monitor your time however and don’t let yourself be distracted for more than five minutes.

7. Go to the gym

If your company has an exercise facility, take advantage.

8. Go out to lunch

Judging from the habits of my colleagues, lunch out of the office is a dying American habit. But a healthy meal and good conversation can be nourishing on multiple levels.

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