If you’re not getting much work done at the office, make sure you have some tricks up your sleeve.
Here are 5 ways to trick your brain into being more productive.
Smartphones are productivity killers.
A study out of the University of Texas at Austin found that memory, basic intelligence and attention scores all dropped when a person’s smartphone was within reach – even if it’s off!
Best if they’re out of sight and out of mind.
A pro tip from the Harvard Business Review is to do your ABCs when you lose focus; and they’re not talking about the alphabet.
Should you stop or push through it?
Let procrastination work for you.
Take it from 99U, Adobe’s creative career resource.
The idea for this mental trick is to think of other tasks as more important, even if they’re not, so that you won’t dread the important job as much if you tackle other easy things first.
It’s best to run on autopilot, according to a cognitive neuroscientist at UC Berkeley.
Successful people tend to wear the same clothes every day and eat the same breakfast, so they don’t waste time making meaningless decisions.
When work stress gets you down, just take a break.
Experts say dedicated work breaks help you stay focused and recharge your busy body.
They also recommend snacking on low-sugar, high-protein foods during the day to keep you energized and keep your mind sharp.
There’s some food for thought!