Trust me. Even if you’ve read a million tips about increasing workplace productivity. You have never, ever tried this. Give it a shot.
In this article we’re going to be looking at a fantastic way of increasing workplace productivity. This way makes use of your emotions by using them to motivate you in various areas of work, hence increasing workplace productivity. The technique is based upon a technique used in method acting which I’d like to quickly share here, but if you’d rather just read the instructions for the tool itself then please skip to where it says “Workplace Productivity: Emotional motivation technique” below.
Increasing Workplace Productivity through Method Acting
Now I know what you’re thinking, how the heck can acting be used as a means of increasing workplace productivity?
In method acting, which is the truest (or purest so to speak) form of acting used by the greats like Pacino, De Niro and ilk, it’s immensely important to be able to make use of the full gamut of emotions. Of course, in acting, the reason for this is to be able to faithfully reproduce what the character in a scene is experiencing. An actor must be able to tap into fear, love, hope, jealousy, anger and all the other emotions to be able to work in a wide variety of scenes.
One of the key ways actors manipulate their emotions is through a form of referencing. Let’s say, for example, that the character of a film has a fear of spiders. The actor must be able to create in themselves a fear of spiders to play the character, but the actor is not naturally scared of spiders. What do they do?
The answer is that they take a fear they do have, let’s say fear of clowns, for instance, and use that whenever they must show the characters fear of spiders. Essentially, the actor thinks about clowns when looking at the spider-prop and this creates genuine fear.
So, what does this have to do with increasing workplace productivity? We’ll answer this as we now look at the self improvement tool itself. . .
Increasing Workplace Productivity: Emotional motivation technique
Often when we are working we are bored, which far from increasing workplace productivity practically kills it. We don’t particularly want to be doing our jobs because they’re often tedious and because of this we lose interest, lose concentration and end up doing a bad job. The problem here is the way we are feeling. We’re feeling bored, and being bored is not conducive to good work. So what do we do?
Like the actor, we take our emotions from something we do feel positive about and map those feelings to our job. Thankfully, in doing this we won’t be needing any acting skills. We will, however, need some stage props as we’re about to turn our workplace into a stage of productivity.
Increasing Workplace Productivity : The Exercise
Begin by asking yourself what the most positive way you could feel about your work would be. I’ll provide an example of this based on my own writing work.
Example of Increasing workplace productivity:
I’d like to feel. . .
Excited and confident about getting my book published.
Extremely eager to succeed – to a point of demanding success
Sociable with my website writing so I reach out more
You can use however many different emotions you want for however many different areas of work but here I’ll stick to these three to keep things clear.
The next step is to find one or more triggers for these feelings. So, for example, ask: what currently makes me feel confident? What makes me feel eager to succeed?
Taking 1 trigger for each of the emotions I said I would like to feel leaves me with the following. . .
Excitement: performing on stage
Confidence: again, performing on stage
Eager to succeed: stage curtain (at a theatre)
Sociable: doing promotional work
I now have a list of objects or memories (or anything else, for that matter) that make me feel the way I would like to feel about my work. All that is left to do now is to map those objects to my workplace. To do this, we simply take the objects (or photos of the objects) and put them either in our work place itself or somewhere we associate with our work place. For example. .
I could take photos of myself on stage and a photo of a stage curtain at a theatre and put them around my writing desk. I could also put objects that remind me of performing on stage, like a little book of plays, for example, and include these in the work space too. As I said that I would also like to feel sociable about my website and that promo work makes me feel that way, I can take a few of the flyers I used to hand out years ago and put these on the walls too.
Essentially, all we’re doing here is taking objects that make us feel the way we wish we could feel at work and then dotting them about the office. Now when you work you’ll have a collection of positively inspiring objects making you feel the right way about your work so you can make use of your positive emotions.
Oh and by the way, you can use this same exercise on any area of your life. I’ll give you an example. When I’m not on stage I can be a bit of a shy guy, but by associating talking with things that make me feel confident (gaming, acting) I make myself feel a lot more confident and comfortable. Give it a shot. I’m sure it will do wonders!
I hope you enjoyed this article on productivity in the workplace and found the exercise useful. For more articles on increasing workplace productivity and similar articles visit our Self Improvement page.
And now, here is A more conventional way to improve workplace productivity.