Using Neuroscience Can Increase Office Productivity
There are many ways to increase office productivity by enhancing the work environment. Aside from an employee’s individual capacity to focus, brainstorm, and learn, studies show that outside factors really do affect the brain – sometimes positively and sometimes negatively.
Sense of Smell
The smell of stinky food in the nearby trashcan is a sure-fire way to distract someone. We don’t need neuroscience to explain that. But, using other scents intentionally can actually help focus and alertness. Rosemary and peppermint improve attention and memory. Scents like lavender and jasmine are relaxing. Try diffusing peppermint during a meeting or lavender in a clinic waiting area. Both have positive effects when used correctly.
Appealing To The Eye
This is a commonly studied topic since it plays a huge roll in office design. We already know that wall color affects mood and productivity. But, other factors like the use of artificial and natural lighting should be considered. Another way to add positive visual stimulus is plants around the office, or views of nature through windows.
Take Advantage Of Your Brain Chemistry
Certain techniques take advantage of your natural brain chemistry and boost productivity. When you feel rewarded, your brain releases dopamine, a feel good neurotransmitter. Using a reward based system like the Pomodoro Technique keeps you motivated. Work for 25 minutes and receive a 5 minute break as your reward. This technique cuts down on procrastination and keeps you checking things off your “to-do” list. Another way to “hack your brain” is to make lists. When you write things down, you no longer have to remember them. You free up space in your brain for other tasks.
You can increase your office productivity by priming your brain with these simple tricks. Little changes like switching the wall color in your office or getting a desk plant can help you maintain focus throughout the day.