Former NASA scientists found that people who take vacations experience an 82 percent increase in job performance upon their return, with longer vacations making more of an impact than short ones. Putting in too many hours, on the other hand, does the opposite. More than 60 hours a week will create a small productivity flurry at first, but it’ll start to decline again after three or four weeks. Other studies have found the same initial burst followed, but a worse decline.
A couple people have noted that they have noticed a large change, for the better, with my writing and this site. What could it be?
Well, I’ve taken more time off in the past six months than I have in the past three years combined. I can’t say that is the only factor, but it’s pretty compelling.
(I’m also getting a lot more done.)