8 Scientifically Proven Methods To Increase Your Productivity

Thanks to science-backed ways to increase productivity, here's how you can get more s#!t done:

  1. Let there be light. According to a study from Northwestern University, people who work in natural light are more productive than those who don't, so sit near a window if you can.
  2. Draw your to-do list. Instead of writing out tasks and crossing them off as you finish, draw a sketch of them instead. A recent study found people are more likely to remember to do things when they draw a picture of them.
  3. Take breaks. Sometimes we just want to power through until our long list of to-dos is to-done. But according to research from the University of Illinois, taking scheduled breaks can boost concentration while working non-stop can lead to a drop in performance.
  4. Raise your thermostat. Researchers from Cornell University moved the thermostat in an insurance office and found workers made 44 percent more mistakes and were less productive when it was cooler (68-degrees) than when it was warmer (77-degrees).
  5. Sleep more. Easier said than done, right? Catching even 30 minutes more sleep can increase productivity, according to a study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  6. Go green. A study by Cardiff University found that working in an environment with lots of plants could boost productivity by 15 percent.
  7. Don't multitask. A study at Stanford University found it’s better to finish one task before moving on to the next  because “people who multitask do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time."
  8. Choose your desk buddy wisely. According to a recent study published in Harvard Business Review, the person sitting next to you can have affect your productivity. It’s great if you’re near someone zipping through their to-do list, but bad behavior is contagious, too, so avoid sitting next to the office chatterbox.

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