Why I Started Taking Smoke Breaks

“Smoking actually has a few things going for it,” was the last thing I expected to hear a massage therapist friend tell me. She takes care of people’s bodies for a living, but here were her points:

  1. Taking smoke breaks throughout the day forces you to stop what you’re doing at regular intervals.
  2. This means you have to get up from your chair, step outside, and actually move around for a little bit.
  3. For the 7–10 minutes that it takes to smoke a cigarette, you’re essentially meditating and focusing on your breath.

Now before you ask, no I don’t smoke, and I definitely don’t recommend anyone start.

But I have started taking random 7 minute “smoke breaks” throughout the day to just stop what I’m doing, stand outside, and think — and I’m really enjoying it. I think others might enjoy it too.

Award-Winning Faculty at Columbia Business School. I write about startups, technology, and philosophy.

Award-Winning Faculty at Columbia Business School. I write about startups, technology, and philosophy.