Working sitting in the same chair where you watch Netflix can relax you too much and distract you from your work activities. These tricks will help you improve your concentration and productivity.
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For many, working from home is a great dream, but as many entrepreneurs have discovered, concentrating and being productive is not always easy when you are working in the same place where you spend time with your family and friends, or in the you relax on the couch watching Netflix.
In fact, it's very easy for home distractions to keep you from achieving the results you need while starting a career as an entrepreneur. Fortunately, there are strategies you can implement to improve your concentration and productivity. These science-backed tricks will help you stay active throughout the workday:
1. Have a dress code.
People who work from home often imagine that they can go to work in their pajamas. However, research has consistently shown that dressing as if you were going to the office helps you perform better. A study by the Journal of Experimental Social Pschycology found that all clothing has symbolic meaning. In other words, when you wear certain clothes you tend to adopt behaviors associated with what you are wearing.
In the study , participants who wore lab coats performed better on attention tasks because the coat had a symbolic meaning of attention to detail and care. In the same way, if you wear clothes that you associate with a successful office, regardless of whether it is formal or informal, it can unconsciously bring you into an ideal state of mind to work with.
2. Fill your space with green.
You have full control over the look of your office, but there are certain types of decorations that are more beneficial to your productivity. A study published in Science Daily found that offices decorated with plants had a 15 percent higher productivity rate than those without plants. And curiously, the presence of plants was associated with greater job satisfaction.
Even a decorative plant on your desk can improve air quality and help you stay more focused on your work. And keeping them healthy by exposing them to sunlight can improve your own energy levels.
For best results, place your plant in a visible area from where you work. Make sure you know if that plant lives best in direct sunlight or in shade, so it stays healthy in the space you chose.
3. Use music to focus.
As Eric Stensvaag wrote in an article for feed.fm , “In the last half century, hundreds of studies have shown the positive correlation between music and activities as diverse as exercise or shopping. Music's ability to perform better and excel is a result of behavior… Listening (and creating) music has been shown to reduce stress levels and even help in treating mental illness. ”
What makes music have this impact?
Listening to music helps release dopamine in the brain, reducing stress and helping us feel motivated, and even happy while working. Studies have even shown that listening to music helps us work faster and be more creative.
In an article published on Medium, Melissa Chu pointed out that music without lyrics, like classical or soundtracks music, is usually better for improving mood and concentration. It's your home office, so you can experiment until you find the music that works best for you.
4. Avoid distractions, but not breaks.
Smartphones can be an important distraction when doing Home office. However, if you have great self-control, the time you spend without working can be a great benefit. Rest breaks are necessary because they help your prefrontal cortex to recharge to refocus on what matters.
As Meg Selig wrote in Psychology Today, “Prolonged attention to a single task decreases performance… Working for long periods of time without breaks creates stress and fatigue. Taking breaks refreshes the mind, recharges your mental resources and helps you be more creative. ”
When you work from home you have more control over when and how to take breaks. Whether you're going for a walk, reading a chapter from your favorite novel, or watching a couple of videos on YouTube, you can rest your mind in the way that works best for you and make sure you return to work rejuvenated and focused.
5. Stay warm.
By working from home you have more control over the thermostat, allowing you to create a much more comfortable atmosphere. However, in addition to the issue of comfort or what you can spend on light, you should also consider how the temperature affects your productivity.
According to a study by Cornell University, in offices that maintain the temperature at 20º C “employees make 44 percent more errors and are less productive” compared to offices that have a temperature of 25º C.
Turning it on in the heat in the winter and turning it down in the air conditioner in the summer makes your body spend less energy staying warm, and can use it to focus on the work ahead.
Working from home brings a number of challenges, but it can also be extremely rewarding. As you put these simple, science-backed methods into practice to improve your productivity, your home office will become the ideal space to fuel your success.