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Are ‘playful’ people more productive?

What would make you more productive; the incentive of a large bonus, the ability to work remotely, more responsibility or, perhaps, the freedom to engage your playful side in the workplace? In this article you will learn: The impact of play on a business. How ‘playing’ in the office can benefit health and wellbeing. The approach of different generations to play at work. Most of us, it’s fair to assume, would like to be more productive. However given a choice of the above how many of us would opt for the chance to play games in the office over more money or the ability to work remotely? While the sight of bean bags, an Xbox and table football in a workspace might result in eye rolls, research tells us that building in these distractions is doing much more than simply pandering to a start-up culture trend. gettyimages-497678788.jpg Image credit: Getty images How much do Millennials and Baby Boomers value fun? That said, it’s important to note that by 2025 almost three quarters of the workforce in the UK and US will be made up of millennials – a generation (typically born between 1981 and 1996) of office based workers who are clearly now accustomed to playful workplace perks. The It Pays to Play report from BrightHR underlines the fact that among this generation there is a collective agreement that this is the right way for businesses to operate, with 79 per cent believing it’s important to have fun at work and 44 per cent of the belief that this encourages a better work ethic. This is in stark contrast to Baby Boomers, those employees born between 1946 and the mid-60s, with a little over half that generation (56 per cent) believing fun at work is important and just 14 per cent drawing a link between play and productivity. “Work is no longer about getting the job done and then going home for your fun – younger generations want to enjoy their work too,” commented Professor Sir Cary Cooper, who worked on the study. gettyimages-709127797.jpg Image credit: Getty images “It could be…

Two Powerful Strategies to Live Better and Be More Productive

When I think about strategies for better living, I consider the rule of E: efficiency, effectiveness, and essentialism. Recently, I’ve been on a kick about cultivating deep focus. In the age of social media and modern technology, we’ve lost the ability to focus. Which is why I’ve made it my aim to be more mindful. “Mindfulness” is a hot topic these days, and while more and more people are reading about it, it’s popularity has paradoxically rendered it devoid of meaning. Tim Ferriss defines “mindfulness” as a present-state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive. That’s a good definition, so let’s go with it. Being non-reactive is essential for deep focus in a world in which we’re constantly beleaguered by inputs that distract us, sap our mental energy, and decrease our intellectual output. Speaking of focus and intellectual output, I’ve also been on a pretty big reading kick recently. A world class expert will work for 30 years to figure something out, completely devoting her entire life to one particular question — and you can get all of her knowledge on that subject in a 200 page book that can be read in a weekend. And all for $10-$15. Pretty good deal.   That is, of course, IF you can focus! Which brings us full circle back to mindfulness. If you want to read a lot, you have to cultivate “a present state awareness that helps you be non-reactive” so that you can actually pay attention to the lines on the page and not your iPhone.   I do not view reading as a leisure activity. It’s serious work—deep work crucial to the success of my business—and it takes effort. Recently, I’ve committed to two practices that have synergistically helped me focus more deeply (effective), read more efficiently, and be more mindful (essential). Short-Term Skill: How to 2x your reading speed   Here’s how you get a LOT of reading done very quickly. Buy the regular book (hardcover or paperback) and then get the unabridged audio version on Audible. Sit down, open the physical book and simultaneously crank the speed…

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