Taking a break can increase productivity

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 18:35:35-04

If you're overwhelmed by all of your work responsibilities and commitments, this month is for you. 

One organization wants you to unplug from technology. A local group represents a growing movement meant to promote the 30 by 30 challenge. 

Lisa Geason Bauer owner of Evolution Marketing explains that means, “Spending 30 minutes a day for 30 days in nature and be unplugged.”

The idea initially sprouted from the U.S. Green Building Council. Members of an organization envisioned better integration between inside and out. 

And though some may think all this silly,  proponents offer scientific evidence to support their effort. 

Citing a Harvard study, Korinne Haeffl from U.S. Green Building Council says, “Two minutes outside being present can reduce stress levels.”

Some businesses back that up. 100 plus employees are pledging participation at First Bank Oconomowoc. 

Ann Lueth, First Bank Financial Center’s HR Director explains, “The biggest thing that we tend to see is a greater level of productivity when individuals have an opportunity to unplug, if you will.”

It's made a difference for individuals like Cheryl Johnson who says, “Just walking and being out in the sun and sometimes in the rain it really clears you head and you can start refocusing on things that really matter.”