4 Simple Ways to Be More Productive
A business is defined by its workers. The unfortunate reality is that it is very easy for workers to feel sluggish and unmotivated, which could potentially hurt your business. Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, these scientifically proven tips can help increase productivity in the workplace.
1.) Let in natural light
One way to increase productivity in the workplace is to make sure there is a lot of natural light. Due to the studies conducted by the Neuroscience program at Chicago’s Northwestern University, exposure to natural light throughout the day has been proven to improve sleep quality and efficiency, and those employees who took part of the study reported higher quality of life scores in comparison to those who are not exposed to natural light in their workplace. According to the study, employees working in windowless offices reported more sleep disturbances and daytime dysfunction. This is because the lack of natural light can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms. If your office or cubicle doesn’t have a window nearby, you can purchase a small light that mimics natural outdoor light.
2) Decorate with the right colors
The colors implemented into a workspace can even impact the productivity level of workers. To keep inspiration and productivity high, make sure your office walls are not just white or a shade of gray. A University of Texas study looked at the impact of color on productivity, and they found that white walls are bad for productivity and quality work. The study tested three different groups of people in three different rooms that had either red, blue, or white walls. Workers made fewer mistakes in the colored rooms in comparison to white rooms. According to the studies, shades of blue or blue-green seem to be the best choices for an office color scheme.
3.) Try taking ‘coffee naps’
When you’re feeling sluggish at work, you either drink more coffee or take a nap, but why not combine both? Coffee or a nap alone might not give you the energy boost you are looking for, but combining both has been proven to be more effective for increasing energy and performance. The caffeine works by blocking adenosine in the brain to keep you awake, high levels of adenosine make you feel tired. However, caffeine cannot block adenosine from all of your brain’s receptors. That’s where the nap comes in, as sleep also naturally clears adenosine from the brain. Napping for 15 to 20 minutes ensures that you’ll get a little rest without falling into a deep sleep, and you’ll wake up just in time for the caffeine to start kicking in, with less adenosine in the way. If your office has a quiet room, utilize this in order to get your quick power nap in.
4.) Take breaks together
When working 8-10 hours a day, it is necessary that one or two breaks are taken during the work day. Studies show that taking breaks with co-workers, instead of spending the break by yourself, can actually have a big impact on your performance. Being able to speak or share with other people during a break helps decrease stress. You will be able to vent, share tips, laugh, or just distract one another from the daily stressors. Once the break is over, you will feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. The study conducted by Sociometric Solutions, which tracked employees at a Bank of America call center for three months, found a 15 to 20 percent bump in productivity and a 19 percent drop in stress levels among employees who were allowed to take breaks together. So take breaks and enjoy each other’s company before you go back to solitary work.