7 weird ways to improve your work performance

It’s the end of the week and all you can think about is your plans for the weekend. How do you keep yourself motivated until the end of the day? Here are seven weird ways to boost your work productivity:

1. Looking at cute baby animals
A study in Japan found that looking at cute pictures of baby animals can actually improve your work performance. So you now have an excuse for being on Pinterest at work.

2. Smearing on the lippy
According to a L’Oréal survey, 75% of women believe lipstick makes them more confident. So, keep a lippy in your handbag for those days when you need a dash of confidence!

3. Smelling peppermint
Did you know that the smell of peppermint actually stimulates your brain? Studies show the refreshing, minty smell increases alertness, motivation, and performance. Not only that, but it helps you both to fight fatigue and focus better.

4. Blasting your favourite tunes
Research has shown that listening music can improve your job performance by 10%. Researchers speculate that the reason for this is because music taps into the part of the brain that drives our motivation.

5. Watching funny videos
Laughter not only reduces stress levels, but increases your productivity! Therefore, taking time out to watch funny clips of your favourite comedy will help you continue productive work for longer amounts of time.

6. Chewing gum
A study from St. Lawrence University found that students who chewed gum a few minutes before a test scored better than those who didn’t. Researchers believe the boost in brainpower comes from a neural arousal that chewing can bring about.

7. Playing video games
A Penn State study found that video games not only boosts problem-solving skills, but also help us make accurate decisions faster. The study found that it doesn’t even matter if you win or lose. If you don’t have an Xbox set up in your office then try playing the night before a big meeting.

Hannah is a Digital Marketing Executive at Inspiring. She blogs about food here: datedinners.com and tweets about food here: @misshana_. She squeezes in time for graduate careers advice and commuting rants too.