Every year there is an ongoing discussion amongst workplace experts about how to be more productive. All of the reading we’ve done points to a simple statement: to do the best work in the most efficient manner, the body must be engaged as much as the mind.
We’ve found that the easiest way to achieve this is to think on your feet.
Now, this is not a tall order. You can start with your seating. Staying glued to your chair is not only detrimental to your productivity, but also to your overall health. Instead of working at your desk all day, try an open space where you can move freely. Instead of going back and forth via a chain of emails, brainstorm a solution around, say, an IdeaPaint wall. If you’re feeling particularly creative, try this.
Thinking on your feet provides the same benefits as changing your scenery. It reengages your brain. Staying in the same place, looking at the same thing, like a screen, makes for a boring day and uninspired work. (This, in fact, is proven science.) Thinking on your feet also helps you stay focused. Jeff Gothelf, director of UX at The Ladders in New York, experimented with working on his feet and shared his experience with USA Today. He reported that standing up while working made him much more goal oriented. When you’re standing, he said, “There are no distractions. You’re in and out.”
An added plus — increased overall activity and collaboration. When you’re already up and about, you’re more likely to walk around instead of picking up the phone. On that walk, you’re more likely to rub elbows with someone and start a conversation. We’ve written about it before, but spontaneity is a key catalyst for new ideas.
So consider thinking on your feet our call to action for 2013. Carve out some time to get up and get together. We think you’ll thank us next year.Collaboration, IdeaPaint, productivity, think on your feet, workplace