14 Studies That Will Change The Way You Think About Productivity

14 Studies That Will Change The Way You Think About Productivity
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Are you tired of procrastination, continuous distractions and unfinished to-do lists? Do you think that no matter what you do, you still can`t manage your time effectively? Do you want to improve? I believe if you say “Yes” to the first two questions then you must say “Yes” to the third as well.

You have to be very careful with your time and spend it carefully or you won`t achieve your highest ambitions, no matter how skilled you are. Two-time Pulitzer winner, Carl Sandburg once described time as a coin. Precisely, your most valuable coin which, if spent loosely, will give you an unpleasant life because life at its mere form is nothing but minutes of time. For this sake, I`ve read lots of studies, and came up with a list of the 16 scientific things you should learn before trying to increase productivity.

Smiling before work can increase productivity

Can happiness make people productive? This 2013 study says yes. After asking employees to watch a short comedy clip before work, a team from the University of Warwick found that the employees` productivity spiked by approximately 12 percent. This means watching FRIENDS on your way to work is no longer a waste of time.

But you have to mean it

Though genuine smiling has proved itself to be effective, fake smiling can make things worse. A 2011 study by Michigan State University found customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day see a significant decline in their mood and productivity. They also tend to be withdrawn and lonelier.

Distractions can slow your thinking by 50 percent

The secret to producing more in short time is to be firm and allow nothing to distract you. Not convinces? Here`s a study saying that your productivity declines by 20 percent each time you check your phone or let someone distract you. This percentage would jump to 50 percent if you were solving a problem or working on challenging mental tasks.

Want to be more productive? Get some plants

A 2014 study by the University of Exeter found that ‘Green’ offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery. According to Dr. Marlon Nieuwenhuis, from Cardiff University, investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off through an increase in office workers’ quality of life and productivity.

You can increase productivity by 46 percent if you stand up

A study by Texas A&M University found that using standing desks has many benefits. Standing up helped them burn more calories, improved their focus and, more importantly, boosted their productivity 46 percent more than traditional, seated desks. Also, and according to another study by the University of Minnesota, using a treadmill while working can have a similar positive effect on productivity.

The halo effect and productivity

One study on basketball found that players became more productive whenever their best, and most-productive player is around. This study by the University of Georgia found that each time Steve Nash was on the court, his teammates became more productive. The same study …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison