4 Unusual Ways To Increase Productivity

We’re probably tired of all of the numerous articles and think-pieces on the web that seek to help us increase productivity. But, I promise, this isn’t just another one. Well, technically it is but you get my drift. In this midst of this chaotic world, it is a tad difficult to be focused with the numerous distractions everywhere. From the constant notifications on our cellphones, to the various apps struggling for our attention and the Medium articles begging to be read, you’ll agree with me that the ‘hows-to’ aren’t so bad.

What if I told you that there are some unorthodox ways to actually increase productivity without necessarily turning off the notifications on your smartphones. Although, that helps too. What do you say? Regardless, here are four ways:

1. Chew Gum

Essentially, take a gum break. Yep! You heard right!

Studies have shown that chewing gum gives a mental boost. “Greater cerebral activity” takes place following gum chewing. It also increases performance advantages for the first 15-20 minutes of cognitive testing. But the real deal begins, five minutes after it has been spat out. So, anything you feel lethargic, chew a gum. It actually helps.

2. Inhale energy-boosting scents e.g essential oils

Y’all know how I love to rave about essential oils because of their awesomeness? Well, this is not left out.

Apparently, sniffing essential oils like rosemary, lemon, basil, juniper berry, peppermint and sage has the ability to increase energy and focus levels. As y’all know, it is advisable to be cautious when using essentially oils so your safest bet is a diffuser.

3. Do some breathing exercises

Humans have generally been known to breathe in an unbalanced manner. Which is why, breathing exercises are absolutely necessary to increase productivity.

An example is a form of yoga pranayama called alternate nostril breathing. This is what you do – press your right thumb into your right nostril to close it off and then inhale through your left nostril. Using your ring finger on the same hand, close the left nostril, lift your thumb, and exhale through the right. When this is done repeatedly several times, you would feel the calming and balancing effects.

4. Get some sunshine

A lot of us shy away from the sun especially in our work spaces.

Now, have you tried leaving your dim-lit room/office for outdoors just for a few minutes. Did you notice that soaking in that sunshine – particularly the morning light after dawn stimulates serotonin levels? I bet you didn’t. This, in turn, enhances your mood, focus, and sleep quality and overall productivity.

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