Science Found The Best Excuse For Leaving Work Early
Ever wanted to leave work early but could not find an excuse? After reading this article you will always have one. We do not guarantee that your boss will not be pissed though. Most likely he will find it “unacceptable”, but will use it himself.
The new book that came out points out that it is best to leave work at 2pm and go for a walk. The author who wrote it is an engineering professor and the evidence she gave is scientific. So you can tell your boss that leaving work early would help your productivity on the next day.
Whether doing this will really help your productivity is another question. But would not you want to sneak out of work early? If you said “no”, think again. This excuse is scientific. So by using it you are using science and using science is always good.
The name of the book is “A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)“. Besides telling you how to sneak out of work early, it also tells you “how to change your habits to improve at math, science…or whatever else you want to learn about,” as Mother Jones Magazine has put it.
But if you think procrastination is also good, you are wrong. It is good to leave work at 2pm not because of procrastination, but because of a necessity of downtime. As Barbara Oakley, the author of this book, points out: “That sort of downtime, when you’re not thinking directly about what you’re trying to learn, or figure out, or write about — that downtime is a time of subconscious processing that allows you [to learn] better,”
But procrastination is just as bad as it is commonly thought to be. This book once again shows that. It states that “When you procrastinate, you are leaving yourself only enough time to do superfical focused-mode learning”. No wonder why an average person can’t remember anything he studied in college.
Even more importantly, the book points out that people usually experience insights when they are relaxed. Here is how its author put it: “I think the real key that eludes people a lot of time is the idea that it’s the removing of attention that actually allows that ‘ah-ha’ insight to take place.”
This seems to me a no-brainer though. I always felt that relaxation is necessary for any kind of intellectual work. By the way, if you want to achieve more relaxation and experience more insights, drink herbal teas and meditate. That’s the best advice I can give you, and I am sure it will help you, even more than that book.
If you want to know more about this book and the science behind it, you can listen to its author on SoundCloud – she starts talking at 2:32.