Found to have strongly negative effects, and evidence of claimed benefits are very weak.
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In more than 97% of people, attempting to do multiple tasks simultaneusly reduces productivity. There are exceptional "supertaskers" for whom this is not true, but they are rare.
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Conflicting evidence - one study found high carb meals slow reactions, but high protein meals can make you more distracted.
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Likely no direct effect on productivity - they could possibly even have a negative impact on cognitive performance.
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Set a timer/Pomodoro technique
While there's little direct scientific evidence for Pomodoro and similar techniques in themselves, studies have shown taking short breaks and diverting away from a task periodically can improve overall productivity.
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While some studies suggest CBD oil can help people cope with anxiety, there's no evidence that it aids productivity in people without anxiety or any other conditions that CBD oil may aid.
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Evidence is mixed on whether it aids productivity directly, but it may also help indirectly by reducing stress. Little evidence of negative effects (other than some risks during pregnancy).
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Go for a walk
Studies have shown that walking increases creative ideation both during and after the exercise.
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Prioritising hardest tasks
Has benefits in avoiding false sense of progression, but could have negative impacts for some people.
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Listen to music
Overall evidence is inconclusive - it may have positive, neutral or negative impacts, and may depend on the type of work, music and other factors.
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Blocking distracting websites
Some evidence suggests it increases productivity, though the effect on individuals varies and may depend on type of work.
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Some evidence suggests that comfortable shoes do aid productivity in school children, but research is limited.
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Work in cafe/coffee shop
Background noise may improve productivity for some people, but the impacts may vary depending on the specific environment and whether others are being productive there.
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Though some studies claim a positive effect on productivity, the majority have found no clear link.
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Getting dressed to WFH
Studies have found positive links between wearing 'work clothes' and productivity. Others have found a link between working in pyjamas and poorer mental health.
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Studies show that some clutter on a desk can actually improve creativity.
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Drinking water can positively affect cognition.
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In general, meetings have been found to be unproductive and wasteful. But some meetings are essential, and could be improved with better structure, preparation, etc.
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Multiple studies demonstrate the importance of natural light in the workplace and its positive effect on productivity and health.
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Studies have shown that two monitors can increase productivity by as much as 42%.
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Playing video games
Research is limited - it has been seen to help with teambuilding, although the same results can also be achieved with alternative, work-related activities.
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Getting up early
People who naturally get up early may have an advantage, but naturally late risers may not benefit from forcing themselves to wake up earlier. Most important thing is a regular schedule.
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To do lists
Even if doesn't achieve anything directly, making a list can free up cognitive resources.
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- Largely effective
- Somewhat effective
- Rarely effective