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Increase Productivity by Doing Something Different

How often do you get stuck in a rut? Does your productivity decrease when you do the same thing every day? Here is today’s breakthrough tip: do something different.

Variation spurs the mind

Our brains are complex organs. But if they are required to do the same thing day after day, they seem to shift into neutral or auto-pilot. Creativity decreases, along with productivity.

If you require your brain to think about something else, you will likely notice a boost in creativity and productivity. Your brain will begin firing on more cylinders synapses. You will utilize more of that grey matter between your ears (no, not the yellow matter in your ears).

Try listening to music

I got into a rut over the last few weeks. I would get on the bus, open my laptop, and do some writing on my way to law school. Over the past few days, I was having trouble coming up with new things to write.

Yesterday, instead of getting out my laptop, I turned on my iPod. I listened to some music and just rode along. Several different article ideas popped into my head (along with this one).

Take a walk

This is similar to a tip suggested by a writer. Once a week, he takes an entire day to explore a new area on foot. He lives in a big city, so it is easy to find unchartered areas to explore.

Basically, this day is his time to observe different people, take in new sights, and refresh his mind. Think of it like rebooting your mind or cleaning the white board.

Mix it up!

I’m sure you can think of things you can do to mix up your routine and give your mind a change of pace. Whether it is taking a walk, listening to music, or mowing the lawn. Try something to mix up your routine and refresh your mind.

Do you have any tips to help clear the mind and increase productivity? Please post a comment or drop me a line.

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3 Responses to “Increase Productivity by Doing Something Different”

  1. Lawsagna
    November 9th, 2006

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  2. Noel
    February 15th, 2007

    I play video games when I’m stuck. Especially strategy types. Helps me think better.

  3. Andrew Flusche
    February 15th, 2007


    That’s a really good tip. Honestly, I never really thought of video games as a productivity booster. But if it works for you, that’s awesome!

    Thanks for commenting,

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