How to Be More Productive at Work

April 23rd, 2015 | Food for Thought | No Comments »


Work is work…put simply it can be a job, or it can be much more than that – it can be your life. Regardless of whether or not your job is your life or just work, productivity is important to your work. Do you ever wonder how you could be more productive? The Huffington Post recently released a list of some ways you can be more productive at work. 

Some key takeaways from the list include changing your work environment whenever possible. For example, the article suggests adjusting the temperature, stating, “If your office is too warm or too cold, it could affect your focus, especially in the afternoon. Between 1 and 4 P.M., your body temperature naturally dips slightly, thanks to your internal circadian rhythm — which means a chilly office may feel even colder, potentially impairing your performance.” Also, it is recommended to dim the lights, if possible, and to listen to music. The studies have proven this…see for yourself. The article mentions a 2013 study which “discovered that subjects became better problem solvers in dimly lit work spaces, while a report in the Journal of Consumer Research found that when people were surrounded by moderate amounts of ambient noise, they were able to generate more innovative ideas than those who worked in quieter spaces.” Lastly, a tip to increase productivity that you may find to be a bit odd – adding “life” to your workspace. Mentioned in the Huffington Post piece is a report in the Journal of Environmental Psychology that “found that when people were assigned to a room with orchids, a Chinese evergreen and a dwarf umbrella tree, they scored higher on a word recall exercise than those in plant-free rooms.”

If you are looking to increase your productivity and are able to incorporate these tips into your job, give them a shot!