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Getting the most from WorkPace

Getting the greatest benefit from WorkPace often requires a change in your work habits – taking breaks more often, and doing stretches and exercises regularly. This can take a while to get used to, but in the long-term is beneficial by increasing your comfort at the computer, and even improving your productivity.

We recommend you go through the following steps when first using WorkPace.

  1. Complete the WorkPace Multimedia Training to learn about the concepts of muscle fatigue and recovery, preventing computer-related injuries, and how WorkPace works.
  2. Use the Setup Wizard to create a settings profile customized to your needs.
  3. Use WorkPace for a few weeks remembering to take micropauses and breaks correctly. Persevere even if you find WorkPace a bit irritating at first. After a while you should adapt to your new, better working regime.
  4. After using WorkPace for a few weeks you can try adjusting some of the settings. See the section "Fine-Tuning WorkPace" for suggestions.

Always remember!

  • When and how often you take breaks is more important than how long they are.
  • WorkPace only prompts you if you do not take breaks yourself.
  • When you are working under stress, or to a deadline, taking breaks may seem inconvenient, but this is the time when you really need them, as it is when you are most at risk. 
  • Taking breaks guided by WorkPace will ensure you spend the least time taking breaks for the greatest benefit. For most people WorkPace breaks take less than 10 minutes a day!
  • Using WorkPace often requires a change in work habits. Try to vary your work as much as you can and, where possible, alternate between computer and non computer-based tasks (for example, reading, filing). 
  • Remember to drop your hands, relax your muscles, and look away from your computer screen during micropauses, otherwise they will not be as effective.
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