Try These 5 Scientifically Proven Tips For Being More Productive
Stop stalling! This month we uncover the secret to getting stuff done. Here are 5 tips for being more productive.
Stop Phoning It In
Your smartphone addiction is hurting your work. Cut down on screen time with these distraction-busting apps:
In comScore’s 2017 Cross Platform Future in Focus report, research showed that the average adult spends nearly three hours staring at their phone every day (or around 86 hours per month). Curb your screen time with Moment, an app which tracks how often and how long you’re using your phone. Best part: set yourself a daily limit, and the app will notify you when you go over. It’s an electronic guilt-trip that’s worked for even the most Twitter-obsessed at the office.
Forest: Stay Focused (iOS / Android)
A Kent State University study found that high-frequency cellphone users tended be more anxious and less satisfied with life. Take this with a grain of salt; you could easily argue that unhappy people simply use their phones to escape from or cope with their problems. Regardless: your phone won’t cure your depression. With Forest, you can plant your seed when you’re ready for a stint of uninterrupted phone-free productivity. Stay focused, and you’ll be rewarded with a new sapling in your fledgling forest. Cave in and check your phone? Your tree will wither and die, leaving a stain on your once pristine nursery.
Switch To Silent
Whether you can’t stop scrolling through Instagram or responding to the three hundredth message in your mate’s group chat, we all know smartphones are workplace kryptonite. But new research has found that just the rattling buzz of an incoming notification is enough to derail a productive day.
Researchers at Florida State University asked participants to press a button in response to numbers flashing up on a screen in front of them. Simple enough, right? The kicker: during the second part of the exercise, researchers texted and called the participants to see how this might affect their performance.
Those who were called made 28% more errors than they did during their first attempt at the exercise, and those who were texted (remember they didn’t even look at their phones) made 23% more mistakes.
Working from home is the holy grail of holding down a full-time job. But as much as you’d love to smash through your workload while wearing nothing but a pair of boxers, most local companies aren’t yet ready to let you off your leash. However, new research has emerged that might change the game.
A study from Stanford University has shown that not only does working from home make employees less likely to ditch their jobs in search of greener pastures (turnover drops by 50%), but workers are at least 17% more productive than they are when they’re sandwiched in a cubicle. The reason: fewer interruptions. Struggling to meet your deadlines? Time to introduce your boss to this fine literature.
Your Power Plant
That potted plant on your desk – that you’ve resuscitated with a last-minute dash of water more times than you can count – is doing more than hiding coffee-mug stains from your boss. A new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology has found that the presence of plants in the workplace can boost productivity.
In the research, participants were split into two groups, and asked to complete their work in either the plant-less or plant-filled part of the office. The result: those in closer proximity to greenery completed their tasks 15% faster than the rest. Pick up a spider plant at your local nursery. This low-maintenance potted plant grows quickly, and can survive the frigid climes of an air-conditioned office.
“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favour of holding meetings.” – Thomas Sowell, Your smartphone economist