Four Scientifically Proven Ways To Make Your Work Life Easier and More Productive
Those Spring colours and warm weather are sure to bring a boost of positivity and focus to the workplace. But how can we step it up a notch? It’s important not to get too focused on productivity or grinding out your days for maximum output. But those who create happy states of mind for themselves are also more likely to have a happier, and therefore, more productive time at work. Here’s some scientifically proven things (aside from benefits of course) that will promote well-being in the workplace.
Give Mindfulness a Serious Try
Mindfulness isn’t just for yogis or new age practitioners. The benefits have been well-documented. This article from the Harvard Business Review breaks down the top four ways mindfulness can promote including: stronger focus, more calm, better memory, and even corporate citizenship. But don’t expect to practice for a week and see results immediately. Mindfulness is an exercise for the brain in the exact same way as going to the gym is an exercise for the body: if you don’t regularly practice you won’t see the effects, and those who practice longer see the most effects.
Getting More Sleep
There’s been so much research and study into sleep, we’re certain you’ve heard the importance of your 8-hours. Those who skip sleep are more likely to get tired earlier in the work day (duh), lose focus, and even procrastinate more. You are more likely to be more creative, have better memory and solve problems. Links to all the scientific facts can be found through this article.
Work-Life “Harmony” Over “Balance”
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, says that work-life harmony is an important element of his productivity. He likes to make the distinction between “harmony” and “balance.” Balance gives the sense that either work or home needs to be sacrificed in order to achieve balance, whereas harmony implies ensuring the two work together seamlessly.
Bezos says, “if I’m happy at work, I’m better at home — a better husband and better father. And if I’m happy at home, I come into work more energized — a better employee and a better colleague.” It may be a small distinction, but an important one if you want to feel less guilt at the home or the office. This article from Science Magazine reiterates, it’s not the time you spend in the office that matters, but what you get accomplished while there. Getting home when you need to is key to keeping up the productivity while you’re at work.
When’s the last time you remembered how thankful you were to be working? In a new study by Berkley’s Greater Good Magazine, people who receive counselling for mental health concerns can improve their overall well-being by writing “gratitude letters.” The study suggests that those who practice gratitude regularly, are actually more likely to have more activation in the decision-making parts of their brains when expressing gratitude. In other words, those who reflect on the good in their lives, are more considerate when giving good to others!
Any one of these four things are sure to make your time at work more enjoyable and productive. Not to mention, make your workplace a better place for everybody. Why not put the science to the test and try it today?
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