Buffer Time – Adding the Element of Productivity Without Compromising Its Essence

Companies thrive with productive and efficient employees—as such, they seek and hire individuals who can dance the tango.

Employees, realizing how important productivity and efficiency are to their professional growth – seem to resonate with the company’s requirement.

Together, they work to cultivate a winning company culture

But somewhere, in the rush to be more productive and efficient—do more in less time—companies and employee themselves, overwork to such an extent that eventually down the line the productivity starts to suffer.

The Rush To Do More and Its Negative Implications

In the sight to do more and do more efficiently, employees lose sight of the important—the quality of work being produced.

When the quality of work that is being produced is not up to the mark, complaints from clients and customers start rolling in. When there is a pileup of negative feedbacks, the morale suffers. When the morale suffers, employees become demotivated and disinterested. When they become demotivated and disinterested, productivity and efficiency derails.

And that’s where, buffer time can help!

What is Buffer Time?

Buffer time is a type of microbreak that is exercised in between two tasks. When one task is over, you take a break before starting the next task. The break can be utilized in any way. This allows your brain to recover from the mental exertions of the previous task, and enables you to make a successful mental transition to the next task.

That little break you take, can help you retain the quality of work

And how quality retention correlates with productivity and efficiency in the long run… well that has already been discussed.

But what about the short term?

If buffer time is consuming a portion of your work hours — which in theory implicates to less time available for work, the question is, how are you able to do more in less time?

That’s where the correct implementation of buffer time comes in.

Correct Implementation of Buffer Time

You are taking a break and yet it is adding to your productivity in short term and long term—isn’t that truly wonderful?

Well that is what correct implementation of buffer time can help you achieve. From correct implementation, we want to imply using buffer time to do productive work and yet make it feel like a break.

  • You can use buffer time to organize your workstation, check emails and address other issues that otherwise serve as a distraction for you when doing a task. The time being served and wasted in addressing a work interruption gets compensated in buffer time.


  • By implementing buffer time as a contingency plan, you shorten the window of completing a task and tell your brain that it needs to get the task done within that defined time window. When your brain gets told it has less time, it reprograms itself accordingly. And if there are instances when you can’t get the work done in the defined time window, you can use buffer time to complete it. This way, your productivity never suffers.

Employees and companies should strive for improved productivity and increased efficiency, but they must remember that following a work-packed schedule is not the way to do it. Every work schedule should be punctuated with microbreaks and buffer time.

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