The coffee break seems to be going the way of tea time – out of sight and out of mind. There was a time when stopping for a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon was a ritual for many people. It was the time to stop and take a breather from the work of the day. Not so much anymore.
It seems we just don’t stop to take a breather at all feeling like we are so busy that to stop would somehow ruin our progress and stop our momentum. “Too much to do, too much to do” as a mantra has replaced that long “ahhhhh” that came with the first sip of tea or coffee as we stepped away from the demands of the day for 15 minutes or so before returning to finish up our work.
When you think of it that way, you have to wonder if a 15 minute break is an impediment to progress or an improvement. If 15 minutes can make you less stressed, more focused and relaxed, why have we traded that for 15 more minutes of stress, busyness and over functioning?
Fifteen minutes do not seem like a lot of time when you get that kind of return on investment, do they?
Maybe it is time to reinstate afternoon tea or the coffee break or whatever will help us to relax and renew ourselves.
Maybe it is time for another tea party revolt only this time fill our cups instead of Boston Harbor.