Do you ever feel like your brain is the one that doesn’t let you get started with your work?
Yes, we all feel that way from time to time. Unfortunately, forcing yourself and your brain to be productive doesn’t work either.
In order to get things done you need willpower along with your brain’s readiness to engage into that task as well. In order to do that, you can perform some tricks on your brain to make it work harder and be more productive.
1. Procrastination can benefit you
Organizing tasks seems simple, you create in your mind this idea of what to do, and yet you don’t do it. This usually happens because you don’t really want to do that important task on your to-do list and you try to delay or completely avoid it.
Procrastination is the leading problem for the lack of productivity, but every problem is fixable and so is this one.
While some scientists say the best way to beat procrastination is to just get started, it might not be the best approach after all. The best approach to solving all life’s problems and obstacles is to use them into your advantage, and you can do that with procrastination as well. How?
You can do it by tricking your brain to do something you tried to delay. This method is described by a contradictory approach: productive procrastination.
The 99U website provides actionable insights into productivity and creativity that will help people to get things done, and they believe procrastination can be used to one’s advantage.
This is how productive procrastination works: the key is to consider other tasks as more important in order to make that one important task an easier and preferable choice.
For example, when making your to-do list, rank some insignificant projects on the top of the list and move the most important task somewhere near the end of that list.
You’re, actually, performing a trick on your brain to feel like after performing tasks from beginning of the list, that one task you were trying to avoid will look like a simple affair.
2. Coffee shop – place where you get things done
Going to a coffee shop in order to work on some important task might sound a bit weird to you now, mostly because people associate peace and quiet with productivity.
According to some studies, gentle ambient sounds from coffee shops can, indeed, make us more productive.
Wall Street Journal suggests it is all about the right level of distraction that will give you productivity boost. This adds to previous studies which revealed that small doses of distraction make our mind work on a more abstract level which boosts creativity and productivity.
If you’re still suspicious, just think about how many people with laptops and tablets you see in coffee shops when you walk in.
3. Nap for success
If you think naps are for lazy people, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Perfectly timed nap can boost your productivity, especially if you time it around 1PM and 3PM. This short power nap should only last between 15 and 30 minutes.
How can nap help me finish my assignment?
They aren’t called power naps for no reason. Naps boost your brain power, cognitive abilities, improve concentration and focus, and enhance overall performance.
4. You don’t know that song? Excellent
Music is a big part of our lives; we have our favorite songs, listen to it when we’re happy, sad, during workouts and so on.
Music can also helps us when we’re working on some project or doing our assignment.
You probably listen to your favorite songs while you’re working, but it is quite possible that listening unfamiliar songs can enhance your productivity even more. Why?
When you’re listening to your favorite music genre or songs, you relate them to happy memories or important moments in your life, which move the focus from your task onto these memories, experiences and feelings.
When you’re listening to unfamiliar song, you don’t relate it to important moments or experiences; which helps you focus more on your work.
Before you start working, think about your favorite song and favorite music genre, and then select something opposite. But still try to keep it on the safe side and don’t go full heavy metal on me.
5. Environment adjustments for productivity
Your environment plays a big role in your productivity; also lightning and temperature are big part of that environment too.
In order to boost your productivity, it is advised to regulate both temperature and lightning.
For example, a study conducted at Cornell showed that when temperatures were low (about 68 degrees), employees made 44% more mistakes than they did on optimal room temperature of 77 degrees.
Additionally, exposure to daylight can increase your productivity which means that working in a dark room or office isn’t a good idea.
TIP: keep your workplace tidy as “creative mess” might not be good for your work performance after all.
- To-do lists are mandatory (remember the first trick)
- Time yourself how long it takes you to finish some assignment
- White noise e.g. sounds of forests or oceans can also improve your productivity.
Just like us, our brain also needs a little “push” from time to time. With simple and easy tricks from this article, you can trick your brain to become more productive and stop procrastinating.
Remember, every person is unique and you will find ideal solution to be more productive only when you try out numerous options.
Experiment and see what works for you.
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David Gomes completed his M.S as a Professional degree in California institute of Technology. He is Health and Wellness Expert. He loves to write on a variety of topics such as joint health, weight loss, beauty and skin care for blogs and online publications sites, also loves latest technology, gadgets fashion and style. You can connect with his on Facebook and twitter.
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