I came across a great article about the Psychology of Productivity today, you can read it here. It goes over some very interesting studies and history about psychology research and being productive at work as well as in life in general. Some great tips for entrepreneurs in here, including a section on how to avoid ‘busy work’ and how to stay focused while working.
For example, some tips for staying productive and focused is to turn off distractions… especially e-mail and Facebook! I know that I personally fall into this trap a lot, hearing an email come in and stopping what I’m doing to read it. These slight interruptions break concentration and focus, and if they happen several times a day, can significantly impact your productivity level. The same goes for Skype notifications that popup and distract you, text messages coming in on your phone and making a noise that disrupts you, etc.
In order to be productive the author suggests:
- Only check emails a few times per day
- Minimize time spent on the phone
- Keep meetings brief or stay out of them completely
- Stop “keeping yourself updated” with news and blogs
- Stay off social media
If you have to check social media as part of your job, like I do, then he suggests dual-screens. Which I agree, is much easier to quickly ‘glance’ at e-mail or Facebook while not breaking the ‘flow’ of your task.
Some interesting points about How Food and Diet Affect Productivity:
Brain foods! I’ve heard this term used by co-workers before, but never done deep research into it. The article talks about foods that have been said to improve brain function, and lists some examples of foods to bolster productivity:
- Berries: The antioxidants found in various berries are supposed to help counteract stress and researchers have found women who ate more blueberries and strawberries were more likely to display less rapid cognitive deterioration as they aged.
- Eggs: Eggs, the yolks specifically, are full of choline, a nutrient often classified with B-complex vitamins. Choline helps maintain the structure of brain cell membranes, which aids brain function.
- Salmon: This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory agents. These help build up the central nervous system in the brain and helps cognitive function overall.
- Dark Chocolate: Who said chocolate is bad for you? Studies have found that consuming dark chocolate can not only lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to the brain, but it also contains caffeine which is a mild stimulant.
There’s a lot more included in the article, such as exercise and how it can help boost your energy, plus much more. Go check the article out! Enjoy.