Boost Your Productivity

Adopted From Men’s Health:

Can’t see around the slew of papers at your desk? Before you clear your work zone, consider this: It may be helping you think more clearly. According to recent German research, clutter helps people focus. The study—which tested how efficiently people completed tasks like categorizing items in both messy and clean environments—found that chaos helped people simplify the tasks at hand.

Play Video Games
You might want to stop suggesting your children do something more productive—better yet, pick up a controller yourself. A Penn State study found that video games not only boosts your problem-solving skills, but also help us make accurate decisions faster. The best part? It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. Students who took a creativity test after playing video games scored higher than those who hadn’t played—whether the outcome was in their favor or not. Since we’re guessing your office doesn’t have an Xbox set up, try playing the night before a big meeting. Or if you head home at lunch, turn the game on for a half hour.

Chew Gum
Stock up on bubblegum 15 to 20 minutes before a big presentation. A study from St. Lawrence University found that students who chewed gum a few minutes before a test scored better than their gum-less counterparts. Researchers believe the boost in brainpower comes from a neural arousal that chewing can bring about.

Blast Your Favorite Jams
Research has shown that listening to tunes you like can improve your job performance by 10 percent. How? Researchers speculate that music taps into the part of the brain that drives our motivation.

Watch That Funny YouTube Video
Companies may have all the wrong websites blocked, according to research from the National University of Singapore. Researchers found that surfing the web can be refreshing for workers—more so than calling friends and texting. The study’s authors believe that brief cyberloafing provides an instant recovery from the humdrum of day-to-day work helping people continue productive work for longer amounts of time.



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