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The break is under threat – but more important to work than many think

Many of the houses on the island of Gotland surrounded by kalkstensmurar. It is flat stenbitar that are put on each other without any adhesives mortar. Because they do not quickly collapse, to add a three-dimensional puzzle so that the stones are stacked in the right way.

radio host Ingvar Storm has a vacation home on the island of Gotland and where he builds a private kalkstensmur. Himself describes it as a meaningful leisure time, not just a pastime but rather a useful break.

Ingvar Storm is one in a series of living and dead persons are in the book ”the Pause” (Natur & Kultur). It is written by the linguist and science journalist Patrik Hadenius. Among other things he has been editor-in-chief of the Research & Progress and in the role of a reflection on how the groundbreaking discoveries actually come to.

he and the reader meet, the German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who solved a difficult mathematical problem when he is on because of a severe hay fever was forced to leave the university and go to a place almost completely free from pollen. But here is also the Swedish national team coach Janne Andersson will on smart tactical solutions during the hour-long walks to work.

" For me is the pauses is not something passive, like to relax in the hammock or on the couch. Rather, it is about to do something else outside of the strictly professional. Like painting, carpentry, singing in the choir, walking in nature... or build stone walls, " says Patrik Hadenius.

He is talking about the concept of djuplek, which is a translation from the English is deep play. It is about a employment which is often a challenge, requiring something of us. And the fascinating thing is that when we do something such leisure so to spill it over on what we do on the job, " continues Patrik Hadenius.

– We will be creative also. But too many see breaks as something stupid and harmful, that takes the focus away from what really is important. But breaks help us to get that anxious as we are working with performed – and it is both more efficient and better, " says Patrik Hadenius.

Particles Hadenius. Photo: Nature and culture

the recall has Patrik Hadenius been interested in the rest essential importance. In the 90s, he about how people create text on a word processor - and found that a large part of the text did not come with the fingers on the keyboard, but before the actual writing and during more or less long pauses, and interruptions.

During the work with his book met Patrick a number of psychologists, neuroscientists, managers, employees, ethnologists, linguists, experts and pausvana lay. The questions he wanted answers to was: When to take a break? Where can you pause? And what happens if you don't pause?

Many point to the pliktsamhället prompts us to do instead of be. The image is that we just create, and is useful when we are completely busy with our tasks. Breaks are needed for us to recover, but also to be able to reflect and plan.

But today is the break threatened, says Patrik Hadenius. He highlights that smart phones and computers means that you can work all the time and everywhere, it is called the 24-timmarssamhället never stops.

and lättjan is one of the seven deadly sins. The one who often goes to the vending machine at work, or ”just sitting” can easily be accused of shirk and do not pull their straw to the stack.

the Combination of pause and work is a key success factor – both on the personal level and at work.

In an attempt, as Patrik Hadenius describes his book, let organisationsforskare a group of students relax between strenuous tasks through to wash the dishes by hand. It stimulated both creativity and effectiveness.

" Despite the scientific evidence for the beneficial effects, many can not help but to punch the one who takes a coffee break as lazy. But it is not, of course, only pause. The combination of break and work is a key success factor – both on the personal level and at work.

So pointing Patrik Hadenius on the importance. He says that people in general are sleeping less and that it affects both our physical and mental health. Enough sleep is therefore perhaps the most important break in a person's life.

Recently, Patrik Hadenius on a däckfirma to change the winter tires winter tires against sommardito. When he came to the workshop asked an employee him to wait a few minutes and the staff had a coffee break.

My first impulse was that the tires were more important than a little snack. But as I sat down to wait, got hold of a magazine and read an article on the modern road work. Soon it was the tires replaced and I had also received a small break and got to learn something new.

in philosophy and a senior lecturer at the Centre for practical knowledge at Södertörn university. She thinks it is often to talk about to fill the break with activities and would like to highlight the passivity in itself – that is to say, to not do anything at all.

" Our ability to allow ourselves to become concerned is something very important, I think. But it makes for a bit of space when we focus on all of our projects, on what we should do, and that even leisure time must be scheduled. It is important to acknowledge and create space, also it comes to us. What we are concerned of.

She says it is very interesting if you start to explore the passivitetens role in human life, that there are many different kinds of passivity.

– A kind of inaction, one can connect to the passion. The words have an etymological link, comes from the same root in Latin. That itself is not the tubes, without being touched.

" I am thinking, for example, on the dagdrömmandet, when we release the government of the thoughts, and release all that we are going to do and just runs away. There are often a lot of emotion, which means that we suddenly discover what it is that grabs us, touches us. Then it happens something with us. There is something valuable in itself.

Stina Beckström, a doctor in philosophy. Photo: Private

" I have, since childhood bus trips to school have a very strong relationship to the bus. When I take the bus, I never do anything other than look out the window.

– Then I start to daydream. Not infrequently I begin to cry, but it's not that I get off the bus sorry for it. On the contrary. If someone suggests that, for example, I would use the time to do something else so I feel just a strong aversion.

Stina Bäckström think a big challenge for us today is that we are always reachable and connected. Next to us we have the mobile phone, constantly full of opportunities for stimulating and seductive activities like movies, social media and music.

– We hate to be bored. First to appear is often a primitive feeling of emptiness. If we dare to let it pass, so will the shelters day-dreaming, " she says.

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