The Secret to Increased Productivity

Stimulating our own productivity isn’t always the easiest thing to initiate. Many of us wait passively until motivation strikes or until we achieve some nirvana of organization. Often we simply set standards that are impossible to reach, reducing productivity to a treadmill with lots of activity but no end in sight.

Chris Bailey, author of The Productivity Project, narrowed his focus to what productivity really is and how to the average Joe can obtain and grow it. After running a years’ worth of experiments on himself immediately after graduating college, his exploration of “productivity” uncovered the illusive secret: happiness! Bailey’s conclusion: “Happier people are 31% more productive.”

Bailey goes on to explain that happiness is the fuel for improved productivity, motivation, creativity, success – everything! Therefore, we should practice happiness and doing things that bring us happiness; only then will you be able to experience your maximum level of productivity.

Bailey’s work has been inspired by Shawn Achor, a psychologist and happiness researcher. Achor explains that “when your brain is happy, it performs significantly better than it does when negative, neutral, or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, [also] your energy levels rise.” To get to a place of happiness and higher productivity, Archor identifies five scientifically proven methods of reaching that goal.

Achor’s five tips to daily happiness:

Archor’s studies show that “after doing this for 21 days, people’s brains begin to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first”, which in turn makes them much happier and far more productive.

Give yourself the opportunity to be better, work better, and feel better! Take the 21 day challenge for yourself!

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