By Juliet Soh
I brought my boyfriend to work recently. Oh, I don’t mean it literally. I mean, I’ve put up photos of us on my work desk, and insist that they help with my productivity.
Let me explain. You see, human beings are wired to get distracted. Creativity researchers say that we need to take periodic breaks to alleviate pressure and to help us see issues through fresh eyes. “People are more successful if we force them to move away from a problem or distract them temporarily”, says the authors of Creativity and the Mind, a literature that delves into the psychology of creativity.
And so, dear readers (and my boss), taking a minute’s break off work to look at photos of my boyfriend brings about happy emotions and help me work better. Scientists say it helps with my problem-solving skills – so, there you go!
If gazing at your loved one’s photo is not your idea of “taking a break”, I have other suggestions:
Get a cuppa
If you can, go to the nearest coffee joint to grab a beverage when you feel like you need to clear your head. Sugar from the drink helps boost your energy level and the 10-minute walk should give you a perk-me-up because exercise helps improves brain power.
Did I say exercise can help improve brain power? So, get your body moving. You can schedule regular intervals for some stretches at your desk, and if your work space allows it, you could even do a few sit-ups or run on the spot. If it’s weird to work out in the office, then go for a walk around the office building. Trust me, a five-minute workout will give you the push to help you stare at the excel spreadsheet for another two hours.