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6 Science-Backed Ways to Make Your Office More Productive

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6 Science-Backed Ways to Make Your Office More Productive

6 Science-Backed Ways to Make Your Office More Productive

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Introduce some greenery

One study found that workers in spaces with plants showed a 15 % higher productivity compared to those in plainer surroundings. 

Live plants also promote healthier indoor air, which research has shown has some effect on cognitive functioning in the workplace.

Create some privacy

If people can't focus on their work, they are less effective in areas like collaboration and learning, and they are less likely to be satisfied with their jobs.

Workplaces with a balance between individual focus and collaboration are more innovative, creative and encouraging.

Let the sunshine in

  • Switch to softer, more-natural-toned bulbs instead of halogens.
  • LED lighting also may be more ideal for alertness and performance compared to fluorescent bulbs.
  • Lensed-uplit conditions are preferable to the more common overhead downlighting, resulting in less eye strain and higher productivity. 
  • Taking breaks outdoors when possible also provides sunshine boosts during the day.

Keep temperatures moderate

Temperatures from 68 F to 77 F seem to improve productivity.

Try chatting with your staff to get an idea of what makes them comfortable since factors like windows and vent placement also play a role.

Take strategic breaks

Short breaks result in greater productivity and accuracy, especially with repetitive work. 

For computer-based employees, frequent rest breaks also help reduce eye strain and physical discomfort

  • The most productive people work "with a purpose" for an average of 52 minutes straight followed by 17-minute breaks. 
  • Another method is the Pomodoro Technique, which involves focusing for 25 minutes followed by a five-minute break. Longer breaks are included after several cycles,
  • During your breaks, try listening to music, stretch, socialize or take a power nap. 

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Classical Music

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Nature sounds work best when they’re soothing sounds (flowing water or rainfall, while more jarring noises (bird calls and animal noises) can be distracting.

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Switch or change workplaces

People get tired of their surroundings and a spruce-up can boost their energy and creativity. 

Moving furniture or going to a fresh place can help your productivity.

Plan ahead when energized

Plan ahead for the week, month or year when you are energized and feeling motivated, for better results for getting stuff done.

Minimize distractions

Minimizing or removing distractions is a great way to keep your productivity high, and it goes beyond just smartphones. 

The root cause is our emotional discomfort and a need to be distracted.

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