How Playing Games In Your Break Can Improve Productivity

February 4, 2014 2:54 pm

A lot of people would get told off at work for playing games but if you play during your break you can actually increase your work productivity.

Time to bond with colleagues

If you have a lunch break with some colleagues then perhaps get yourselves into the same game on This can be a great way to have fun, get to know the people you work with and perhaps win a bit of money in the process.

A little healthy competition can be great amongst colleagues. It’s encourages banter and can even get you all working more collaboratively.

Gaming is a great way to bond with colleagues. You can also talk about your high scores on Temple Run, the great game of bingo you shared at lunchtime or lament how difficult the next level of Candy Crush is.


Taking a real break

We don’t take enough breaks. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when staring at a computer screen but it’s also really bad for your back, joints and eyes. Just taking a small break every hour can help you to feel more comfortable when you’re at your desk.

Walk around the office playing games on your phone or head to the staff room just to get away from it all for a little while.

Brain training

Improving your brain function with games like Sudoku and other puzzle solving games can really help to boost productivity in other areas of your life. Perhaps you regularly play a spot-the-object game, this can help you observation skills in the wider world. This is great for sales people and anyone who is in a role where they need solve problems and observe reactions.

Another option would be to go for games that claim to train your brain. There are plenty of these around and they really do make a difference. You’ll see memory, reaction time and problem solving abilities all increase.

Taking time out to think over a problem

Let’s say you’re sitting at your desk agonising over a problem. It can be easy to get stuck on a problem and get nowhere. If this happens, take five minutes and do something else. You’ll come back to your work with fresh eyes and hopefully the solution will become apparent.

Fun to reinvigorate a boring day

If you’re having a dull day at work then it’s easy to hit the 3pm slump and do nothing for the rest of the afternoon. If you spend your lunch break — or perhaps even your afternoon break — playing games and getting away from work, it can leave you refreshed.

Getting bored at work is one of the things that stops people caring about their jobs. If you are given enough time to play, enjoy yourself and socialise with colleagues then you’re going to enjoy coming into work more.

Games can be meditative

If you get really into a game and block out the world outside you, gaming can act as a form of meditation. Of course, your brain isn’t as relaxed but your body is. Follow this with some stretching to get the blood pumping and you’ll be ready to hit that to-do list.

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