3 Science-Backed Ways to Be More Productive
We're constantly seeking ways to better our lives and that typically begins with changes with the self. What better headstart can you have to positively impact your life than by being really good at getting things done? If you want to advance your career, your ability to master your work and rapidly expand your skillset is going to get you noticed. If you want to live a happy, healthy life at home, breezing through errands and chores is going to allow you more personal time to do what you really love, in a clean and organised space.
So when there's a tip or trick that promises to boost our productivity, we're all ears. We seek out and try to adopt the habits of highly productive people. We test out various hacks to encourage efficiency. We pretty much will give a go at anything that suggests we'll live a more productive life. With so much advice on the subject out there, it can be difficult to sift through to find the gems that will actually work for you. Luckily, there are certain productivity boosters that are backed by science. We've highlighted our top picks here.
Expose Yourself to Natural Light
Regardless of whether you're in the office or working from home, the environment in which you work has a significant impact on your productivity. Studies have shown that everything from the colours of the walls to the smell of the space can influence just how well you work. One of the biggest factors affecting your productivity as well as overall wellbeing is the amount of natural light to which you're exposed.
Researchers at the Interdepartmental Neuroscience program at Northwestern University catalogued the effects natural sunlight has on office workers. The study revealed there is a strong relationship between exposure to natural light at work and the workers' energy, physical health, sleep, and overall quality of life. The healthier and more well-rested you are, the more productive you'll be, so make sure you're exposing yourself to plenty of natural sunlight when possible to improve not just your productivity but many aspects affecting your personal and professional life.
It can be a challenge with a desk job, but if you want to be more productive, you have to keep moving. You can increase your time in motion at work by taking brief breaks, using a standing desk, scheduling walking meetings, and making sure you actually leave your desk and step outside for lunch. One study even shows increased productivity among employees working on slow-moving treadmills. While it may seem like you're cutting into your precious time to get work done, getting your body in motion and increasing blood flow will actually better impact your work output than if you simply for yourself to stare at your screen all day.
Watch What You Eat
What you eat, even when you're not at work, greatly affects how you perform when you are at work. Knowing the effects certain foods have on your body and cerebral performance can help you make better choices to ensure you stay productive from breakfast to dinner.
Harvard Business Review highlighted just how important what you put into your body is to your overall performance, noting that food isn't just fuel.
What are your tips and tricks for boosting productivity? Spill them in the comments and let us know which of these was your favourite!