5 Unexpected Ways to Increase Your Productivity

By David

May 9, 2016

Tight deadlines, picky clients, bootstrapping—with the pressures you face at work, it may seem counterintuitive to step away from your desk. But, sometimes the best productivity enhancement might be to distract yourself, literally.

Indeed, hitting ‘pause’ on your workflow can be the respite your mind needs to jumpstart your creativity. The next time you find yourself running low on inspiration, try doing one of these five things:

Wander to the break room.

Are your endless brainstorming sessions been to no avail? Have your iterations upon iterations of design solutions produced nothing but unhappiness for your seemingly impossible-to-please client?

Perhaps the answer to your problem lies in the experience of someone who has actually dealt with—and overcome—the same issue. Whether it’s accounting, legal, or creative advice you’re after, the diverse community at WorkSocial is bound to have exactly the insight you’re looking for. Stray to our fully furnished collaborative spaces and you just might meet your next mentor or business partner.

Embrace your snack attack.

Fight burnout after a long day by listening to your body. B vitamins are a natural energy booster, protecting your brain from unhealthy levels of homocysteine, which is associated with cognitive impairment. The next time you’re dragging, reach for foods rich in B vitamins like folate, B6, and B12–snacks such as yogurt, eggs, lentils, or vegetables. WorkSocial’s fully stocked pantry will reduce the time you spend searching for fuel outside of the office.

Stare outside.

WorkSocial’s members love our city views and sun-drenched office space. Not only does natural light replenish your levels of vitamin D, a vitamin known as a biological powerhouse; research shows that gazing at nature (even if only for 40 seconds) actually improves concentration by 6 percent.

Study art.

Combat the downward spiral of negative emotions by physically removing yourself from your work and straying to hallways or other places where artwork may be. Research shows that the simple experience of awe can improve your mind, body, and soul. In one study, scientists found that even discrete positive emotions from viewing artwork were enough to lower inflammation-causing cytokines.

Have a chat.

When you’re at the office, getting sucked into a good conversation about the restaurant where you dined last night might seem like the last thing that will enhance your performance. Interestingly, it turns out that physically setting aside your project to engage in a quick conversation in one of WorkSocial’s communal coworking areas might be exactly the prescription for increased productivity: according to researchers at the University of Michigan, there is a strong link between socialization and cognitive performance.

Are you looking for a truly remarkable professional community and an office space that will redefine your idea of work? Book a free tour of WorkSocial today!

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