Every day, for eight hours, Gabe sits in front of a computer screen at work. Afterward, he races home to sit in front of another screen for four hours to study for the LSAT. “At the end of the day, my eyes are exhausted,” he explains, adding that this strain often prevents him from retaining information during his last hour of studying. As a result, he frequently spends the first 30 minutes of the next morning re-studying what he set out to learn the night before. Part of the problem, Gabe says, is that he doesn’t take many screen breaks throughout the day — only a quick one for lunch. 

Working nonstop is actually counterproductive (as evidenced by Gabe’s dwindling attention span in the evening), and taking meaningful breaks throughout our workday can help us refocus and recharge. 

Knowing that giving his eyes a rest will boost his well-being and increase his information retention, Gabe starts taking more breaks throughout the day with helpful Microsteps. Watch the full video to see how it plays out, and to get some tips you can try yourself. 


  • Alexandra Hayes

    Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive

    Alexandra Hayes is a Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive, she was a middle school reading teacher in Canarsie, Brooklyn.