It’s not unusual to feel like you’re harried every moment of the working day. This is particularly common with stretched-thin healthcare professionals.

But scheduling a bit of downtime into your day not only gives you a moment to breathe and reboot, but it can also help you be more productive. How? Here’s a couple of reasons you should consider slotting in some free time into your work day schedule.

You Can’t Be Productive Every Second of the Day

Any true productivity pro will tell you that no number of hacks will make you completely productive every moment of every day. And trying to do so is effectively a waste of time. However, you can encourage your brain to work at its peak by taking breaks throughout the day. That means making a lunch break (and maybe a brief coffee break or two) mandatory. Studies have shown that regular breaks rejuvenate workers and actually makes them far more productive than if they attempting to work eight hours straight.

Scheduled Free TIme Creates Boundaries
In addition to making you more productive (and feel refreshed), scheduling some downtime forces you to create boundaries between work and free time. And setting firm boundaries helps prevent work from creeping into time when you’re supposed to be relaxing and refreshing yourself from the day’s tasks. Again, studies show that having some time to yourself increases quality of life — which can lead to productivity rather than procrastination due to dreading certain tasks.