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Recess for Entrepreneurs


“School’s out! School’s out! Teacher wore her bloomers out!” Do you remember that song? We sang it as the school bell announced recess. We ran from the books and learning to the freedom and fun of the playground. As entrepreneurs, we can certainly take a lesson or two from those childhood days, especially in light of recently released information.

Following a 12-year study, British researchers discovered that 11-hour workdays increase the risk of heart disease by 67%! Yikes! That’s pretty astounding given that entrepreneurs are known to work 18 + hour days for extended periods of time.

The study went on to say it was less about the number of hours and more about one’s behavior and lifestyle choices made during those 11 hours of work. Stress, fast food, and lack of exercise are contributing factors to heart disease even without the added pressure of long workdays. And, doing work that you don’t absolutely love adds an additional contributing factor to the mix.

The takeaway? Return to your childhood ways. Ring the bell for recess long before the 11-hour mark. And play outside!

Remember – All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!


What a neat way to look at life balance! Telling people to destress and allow for breaks does not carry nearly the power of "time for recess!" Thank you for a new way to frame the health-and-spirit enhancing effects of fun.
Posted @ Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:59 AM by Teresa Y Green
I'm glad you found it helpful, Teresa! I'm with you - taking a break is boring and uninspiring but recess! Now that's fun and who doesn't want to have some fun.
Posted @ Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:22 AM by Jackie Nagel
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