We’re all trying to be as productive as possible during our work day. Whether it be working out in the morning, a constant flow of coffee, or something else, everyone seems to have a habit or two that helps maintain productivity. You’d be surprised how things can actually hurt your productivity. Below are some of them.
The first thing a lot of people do when they get to the office is put their ear buds in and listen to music. Many studies show that listening to music while working actually reduces productivity. Your memory and attention can be weakened because of music. Music can help you feel better while you work, but it doesn’t necessarily make you work better.
Scientists recommend listening to music for 10-15 minutes before you start working. It’ll put you in a better mood and relax you without effecting your focus.
Check out this Business Insider article to learn more.
If you think you’re being an all-star employee by skipping lunch to work on a project, you might want to think again. While you may be able to get an extra hour of work in, you’re quality of work may not be as great.
Your body needs a break sometime during the day to recharge. Stopping to eat a nutrient-rich, healthy lunch will give your mind and body the fuel they need to be at they’re best the rest of the day.
Like skipping lunch, overworking doesn’t make you more productive. Studies have shown that it doesn’t produce more output and can actually be more hurtful for you and your company. Overworking can lead to a to of problems, liked impaired sleep, depression and heart disease. A healthy you is much more valuable to your company than an overworked one!
This Harvard Business Review article has more information on the drawbacks of overworking.
Long commutes can effect productivity in many ways. Commuting can be stressful. It can also effect the length of your work day and can effect your health. Fortunately for those living in Chicago and Minneapolis, Assemble has shared office spaces in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods so your commute can be as easy as possible.
Bringing your dog to work can relieve stress in a few ways. One being that you have your favorite furry friend at your side throughout the day. The other being that you don’t have to worry about them being at home all day or having to pick them up at doggie day care at a certain time.
With more and more office spaces (including Assemble) being dog-friendly, bringing your dog with you to the office can be a mood and productivity booster for you and your coworkers. Of course, you want to be sure that your dog is mild-mannered and friendly. And that your coworkers don’t have allergies or other reasons why they can’t be around dogs.