The 8 hour workday is a relic from days gone by.  It was originally put into place to get a handle on the hours spent in manual labor during the industrial revolution.  Technology has changed the way we work; isn’t it time we look differently at the 8 hour workday?

A recent Forbes article noted that for peak efficiency (productivity levels), 52 minutes of work followed by a 17 minute break—very, very different than our current work schedule.  Why? Because the brain naturally functions in short bursts of high energy, which is logically followed by a low energy cycle.  Let’s take this as permission to give yourself a break when you are tired; you’ll be much more productive if you do.