Build a Nap Room
Multiple studies show that napping
anywhere from six to 90 minutes a day
improves memory and learning ability.
Choose Power Colors
red rooms improve performance on
detail-oriented tasks, while blue rooms
enhance creativity, according to a study
out of the university of british Columbia.
FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
Filter Out Distractions
headphones on are
not rude. Constant
exposure to noise
and office chitchat
makes you less likely
to persist at difficult
tasks, according to
research at Cornell.
Judgment is a finite resource.
Here’s how to replenish your ability
to make smart decisions
elf-control is critical
to productivity at
work. It keeps you
from zoning out,
losing your cool, and
giving up easily. However,
a large body of research
suggests that exercising self-
control in a broad range of situ-
ations, including resisting chocolate
and choosing which household
products to buy, can make you a less
motivated and responsible decision
maker. This phenomenon is known
as ego depletion. So how can that
self-control be restored?
One promising avenue is self-
affirmation, which has been proven
to make people less defensive.
Because defensiveness is an impulse,
researchers are now
affects other impulses
as well. In one recent
study, subjects did a
that involved writing
a story without using
Focusing on basic
values (like your
can replenish your
the letters a and n. Some of the subjects were then asked to write about a
value that was important to them.
The other subjects were instructed to
write about why one value might be
important to the average student.
Finally, all the participants took
a pain tolerance test, holding their
hands in freezing water. Subjects
who had just affirmed their basic
values lasted about 30 seconds longer on average than members of the
no-affirmation group, according to
Texas A&M’s Brandon Schmeichel,
a co-author of this study.
Thinking about values encourages abstract thinking, which has
long been considered a key factor
in self-control. This research has
implications for the workplace.
“Self-control is about competition
between immediate and delayed
gratification,” Schmeichel says. “If
you’re tempted to take a shortcut
instead of a principled decision,
reminding yourself of your mission
statement or anything that reorients
you to the long term should help
you make the right choice.”