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I can say that I plan to work 7 hours today, but how do I say I plan to "not work" for 2 hours?

"Be on a break/pause for 2 hours" or "Rest for 2 hours" doesn't work because I might take several smaller breaks.

"Not work for 2 hours" sounds too vague because I am referring to periods of rest during the workday.

Maybe, "I plan to take breaks that add up to 2 hours".

Any ideas?

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You could pluralise break, or be a bit more specific:

  • Take two hours of breaks
  • Be on breaks for two hours
  • I shall take various breaks for two hours (or totalling two hours)

Or

  • I shall do seven hours’ work between 0900 and 1800 hours.
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"Two hours of breaks" or "Breaks totaling two hours" is pretty standard job lingo in the US. Well, two hours is unusual, but you get the idea. –  KitFox Jan 1 '13 at 13:20
    
I like totaling two hours. Thanks –  nachocab Jan 1 '13 at 15:42
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Downtime is used at lot of workplaces to denote the time when a worker is expected to work but is instead not working due to his choice or otherwise (system down or other unforeseen circumstances).

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That was my first thought: downtime. When I'm not working, I'm down (unhappy). That's what happens when you're a workaholic. –  user21497 Jan 1 '13 at 13:45
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WordNet 3.0 cited in the Free Dictionary:

Noun 1. time off - a time period when you are not required to work; "he requested time off to attend his grandmother's funeral"

You would say:
"I plan to take two hours' time off."

Wikipedia notes time off and Paid time off (PTO) in AmE:

In the USA, Paid time off (PTO) is a feature in some employee agreements that provides a "resource" of hours that an employee can draw from to take time off from work, without having to specify a reason.

Note that the phrase is also used in a broader sense or in various contextual meanings, such as time when you are not at work or at school (Macmillan), a period when one is absent from work for a holiday, through sickness, etc (Collins), A break from one's employment or school, as in I need some time off from teaching to work on my dissertation , or He took time off to make some phone calls (dictionary.reference.com), and such other.

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Take two hours of rest will cover a single extended period or multiple short breaks that total 120 minutes.

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