10 science-backed tips to help you combat laziness and be more productive at work - Business Insider

10 science-backed tips to help you combat laziness and be more productive at work

8/13/2020 4:29:00 PM

10 science-backed tips to help you combat laziness and be more productive at work

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Switch up your work environmentResearchsuggests that being around other people who are working hard can motivate us to buckle down, too. That could potentially explain why we're less inclined to log onto Twitter while sitting in a coffee shop full of people who seem super-focused.

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Get a partnerGetting an accountability buddy or group can help you stay committed to your original intentions stay on track. A 2012 study fromFrontiers of Neurosciencesuggests that the science of precommitment – promising a friend that you'll meet them at a certain time to study, for example – limits your future choices and prevents you from making impulse decisions that you'll otherwise regret. 

Productivity expert Laura Vanderkam recommendspicking people with a track record of achieving difficult thingsand communicating with them frequently."You want people who value discipline, and need a group to instill more of it," writes Vanderkam. 

Accountability buddies work best in groups of four or more, writes Vanderkam. This is because if someone drops out at least you have three other people who can support you. Dress upHere's a tip that's particularly useful for those who work remotely. If you can't find the energy to stop futzing around on Facebook and start writing your project proposal, consider changing out of those stained sweatpants.

As fashion psychologist, Karen Pine told Forbes, "When we put on an item of clothing it is common for the wearer to adopt the characteristics associated with that garment. A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it's 'professional work attire' or 'relaxing weekend wear', so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning."

Putting on professional clothes could help you trick yourself into getting more work done. Write down the problems you're putting off Maybe you'll realize the problems aren't as big as you imagined, or that you can break them down into smaller chunks, and it will be easier to get started tackling them.

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