3 Surprising Things that Will Increase Your Productivity at Work by 30% Each.

get elephant's newsletter


Three ways to get more done, faster, better, and more slowly. Wait, what?

Why’s my dog here? It’s, like, Science, man.

boulder cafes "tee and cakes" cafe cupcakes wireless best favorite fave1. Take your work to a café (nytimes.com). Don’t work at home. Don’t work in a office, even. Invite chaos—and good coffee—and community into your life. It’ll make you happier, more awake (in both the caffeinated and spiritual sense). Why? Because your mind needs gaps, not just focus, for creativity. Certain things require focus. But too much focus, and the mind grows tired, depressed, inward-looking instead of fun, resourceful, visionary.

mitt romney dog2. Dogs improve office productivity: Study finds that office employees who had “a dog to slobber and pounce on them rank their team-mates more highly on measures of trust, team cohesion and intimacy.” (economist.com) Make your work dog-friendly. Everyone, no matter their mood—stressed, pissed, shy, speedy—can slow down and relate with cute dogs. Clients also light up. Dogs are silly and sweet…and chaotic. They make a house a home, and a bland office, rather surprisingly, a factory for genius. Obviously: dogs need to be trained, and owners need to be trained. That said: chaos should be regarded as extremely good news. Bonus: “Another colleague was scared of dogs, but the owner kept the dog in check well enough that the girl eventually slowly got over her fear and feels more secure around other dogs as well.”

slow money3. Finally, and most importantly, slow down. It’s counter-intuitive, but busyness isn’t productive. Avoid multi-tasking. Bike to work, instead of driving. The fresh air and exercise will do your mind and morale good. Listen: ask advice instead of just working long hours. Sleep. Eat real food—forget the Red Bull. Meditate.


Relephant bonus:


Like elephant journal on Facebook.

is a new feature on Elephant Journal—enabling you to instantly share your mindful ideas, photos, art, YouTube videos/Instagram links & writings with our 5 million readers. Try it Now.

Write Now

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “3 Surprising Things that Will Increase Your Productivity at Work by 30% Each.”

  1. occultfan says:

    Awesome! I love this.
    I'm trying to get my life under way,
    and I feel my career will be that of
    'a creative', doing stage shows, a la Bill Maher,
    Lewis Black (I don't know as much about him),
    Lee Camp even, of course in my own way, with
    a heavier focus on education than just entertainment.
    Making use of these tips, and a book I recently read
    called Manage Your Day-to-Day, that has been very helpful
    in priming me as well.

  2. Stacey says:

    Yes! I just like everything that Waylon throws down, including this advice. Pure awesomeness.

  3. This is cute & I like the content, so I'll repost it on my biz page, even with (sorry!) the small typo, "Turn [of] email alerts" (in hopes this graphic can somewhat easily be edited, I decided to share, hoping I'm not being a big downer!) Yes, time to review is important 🙂

  4. fred09red says:

    Organizational cultures have grown into a real efficiency machinery, now that technology allows business and working space to be optimized according to the highest expectations of productivity. All this is a path towards success, paved with smart tools to measure growth in the smallest detail. Reviews show that more and more businesses like http://www.trendmicro.com/us/home/products/softwa… have managed to create new networking channels towards successful market insertion.

  5. wendyRheaT says:

    If there is a company that basis its activity on sales, studies show that the sales representatives` productivity can be considerably enhanced by investing in their knowledge. Either is this means enrolling the employees to workshops or sales training seminars, the results will show in a few months, along with the right compensation for the employees, of course.

  6. Matt Brian says:

    Damn! Just by reading this I got exited and motivated to do even more! Thanks for shaking up things for us. Btw great post, waiting for more home business productivity tips.

  7. HeroGames says:

    مرحبا بكم في موقع العاب طبخ جديدة وممتعة يمكنكم اللعب مجانا وفي اي وقت موقع العاب طبخ يحتوي على أحسن وأجمل لعبة طبخ جديدة لباباس ودورا والكتير مرحبا باللجميع.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.