Achieving productivity isn't always an easy feat. In a previous article on Dreamfora, we've discussed how productivity relies on an entire mindset shift to motivate yourself. Although reframing your perspective, knowing which tasks to prioritize, and proper delegation are all crucial to getting work done—there is still much more you can do to keep yourself on track. At the end of the day, productivity isn't a one-size-fits-all. If caffeine boosts or organized workspaces no longer do the trick for you, perhaps it's time to try less traditional methods. Below, we've put together some unusual tips to staying productive.
Listen to White Noise
In general, having a designated work playlist is a great way to stay in the flow of work. But while bossa nova or jazz can certainly induce productivity, did you know that listening to white noise or ambient sounds can achieve the same effects too?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, ambient music is tone-based music that utilizes common nonabrasive sounds, similar to that of everyday background noise. Surprisingly, CNET details that white noise or ambient sounds can help people not only focus on tasks but perform them more efficiently. You can easily find white noise or ambient sounds to play on YouTube or Spotify.
Meditate to Start Your Day
Over the years, meditation has grown increasingly popular for their relaxation benefits—but it isn't reserved for retreats or yoga sessions. Now, the benefits of meditation and breath work are not new. In fact, Pain Free Working's article on breathing exercises highlights how simple breathing techniques can drastically reduce the amount of stress a person feels. Given the power of controlled breathing, it makes sense that it can also help you focus on work tasks. The best part about meditation and breath work is that they can be done anytime and anywhere. An article on NBC News recommends starting your day with a little mindfulness, as it can allow you to work with a clearer head and more intention later on—resulting in an overall boost in productivity.
Take A Cold Shower
Beginning your day with a shower may seem nothing out of the ordinary, but taking a cold shower can significantly perk you up—perhaps even better than a shot of espresso can. Inc explains that cold showers lower your body's temperature, activating its sympathetic nervous system and inducing a healthy shock to wake your senses. This can be especially useful for people who work remotely, as they can take a cold shower whenever they're feeling sluggish or slow.
Try the Pomodoro Technique
When it comes to productivity, people tend to forget two important things: consistency and pacing. You can't be productive if you aren't consistent throughout the entire day. The same can be said about burning yourself out by not taking healthy breaks in between. One way to address both of these factors is through the Pomodoro Technique.
The technique is simple: work for 25-minutes straight, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. While it may seem overly simplistic, it can actually be quite effective. The Financial Times' article on the Pomodoro Technique can be quite effective when it comes to eliminating procrastination. Because you give yourself ample time to rest in between work, everything will start to flow more smoothly. You can use any watch or timer for this, or try apps such as Marinara Timer or PomoDoneApp.
Andrea Melody McCarthy
Contributing Writer Author bio: Andrea Melody McCarthy is passionate about creating workplaces that are geared towards employee wellness and holistic growth. When she's not working, she spends her free time reading and taking care of her dog Max.