“energy, motivation and concentration…are like batteries that periodically need recharging.”
The whole point of this break is to combat the emotional disconnection that can set in when you’re working remotely.
(In our forthcoming book, Remote, Inc., Robert C. Pozen and I take aim at the 8-hour workday in part because it inhibits remote workers from taking the breaks they need to stay healthy and productive.) But if you choose the right screen-based breaks, they can provide you with similar benefits as the offline variety and help you take more breaks throughout the day. And sometimes technology can also augment a largely screen-free respite. So don’t get caught in the trap of what one research team termed “screen guilt”: the idea that a break doesn’t really count unless you step away from your devices.