Dr. Gary Small, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Small, one the nations top brain health experts, frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Dr. Oz Show. He is co-author with his wife Gigi Vorgan of many popular books, including The New York Times best-seller, The Memory Bible, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. He is author of The Mind Health Report newsletter.

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Step Away From the Computer to Improve Efficiency

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 09:22 AM

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Our high-tech, high-impact lifestyles have led many of us to spend hours at a time working at our computers, answering endless emails, and taking on more and more work.

The irony is that all of the new devices that have come around in recent decades were created to improve efficiency free up time for us to relax and have fun. But instead, we take on more tasks, which eventually stresses us out and leads to inefficiency. 
 
To reduce stress, make a point of taking regular breaks away from the computer. Sometimes I will actually set my smart-phone alarm to remind me to stand up, stretch, take a walk down the hall, and have a face-to-face conversation with a colleague. 
 
These brief but frequent breaks refresh me, improve my mental focus, and increase my efficiency.   
 
 

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