We all have experienced that need for a second wind at work. When afternoon comes and lunch is digesting, or when the clock just seems to take forever to get to that blessed point that says “it’s time to go home,” that’s exactly the time when we desperately need that boost. Before you reach for that tall can of Monster or Red Bull, though, try these surprising hacks to boost your productivity.
Look at something cute. Yes, something cute! It’s a cult phenomenon boosted by articles from viral websites, and even LiveScience. LiveScience backs it up with excerpts from a study made on 48 students, too. But, scientific or not, we’re sure you really want to. Look at those cute cat (and platypus) photos and videos, too. Not convinced? Here are the articles to boost this discovery. It may help convince your boss or your IT department to keep them cat pictures unblocked, too:
- LiveScience: I Can Haz Productivity? Why You Should Look at Cute Animals at Work
- CNBC: Validated! Watching Cute Cat Videos Boosts Productivity
- MailOnline: The Power Of Cute: How Looking At Pictures Of Baby Animals Can Help Improve Your Concentration Levels
- HuffPost: Looking At Cute Animal Pictures At Work Can Make You More Productive, Study Claims
- BuzzFeed: 38 Images That Are Scientifically Proven To Boost Productivity
And while you’re still on BuzzFeed’s cute cat pictures, we’ll throw in this Platypus video that may elicit that “SQUEE!” just raring to come out: FirstToKnow: Rescued Baby Platypus Thinks It’s a Dog!
Bring a plant to work. Or better yet, take a walk on a nearby park, preferably one with a great garden. Various studies have shown that vegetation within the office, as well as exposure to views that depict nature scenes result in higher productivity. Maybe it’s high time to start talking to your boss about access to a window with a view of trees.
More on the studies here: Work Design Magazine: The Benefits Of Plants In The Workplace
Take a 15 to 20-minute nap. No more, no less, and only between 1 to 3 in the afternoon. According to LifeHacker, the longer your afternoon nap, the deeper you will be into your sleep. This will make you wake up groggy and grouchy, and would defeat the purpose of what you set out to do: feel energized. So grab your smartphone, set the alarm, and take that 20-minute snooze between 1PM and 3PM.