How can you begin to harness the power of unconventional thinking? I think it starts by looking at the world through an inquisitive, investigative lens, as you did as a child. And this perspective should not be limited just to your work, but it should permeate your general outlook on life. Take for example this study which raises some questions about two long-held tenets of conventional wisdom in the workplace, including that caffeine is one of the most effective energy boosters and that personal calls shouldn’t be made while at work.
Via Fast Company:
The most fascinating part of their work, though, is their finding that physical activity isn’t the only thing that boosts energy. Interacting with people is also energizing, though it has to be the right people. “Talking to a coworker wasn’t nearly as energizing as talking to a loved one,” Nikolovski says. They plotted various energy boosters on a 1-10 point scale and compared these to the default energy booster: coffee. “When you go to reach for energy, you reach for caffeine,” Nikolovski says. People who’d had a coffee in the 30 minutes before reporting their energy levels scored a 6.8. People who’d talked to a loved one? They scored around 7 on the 1-10 point scale.
In other words, if you need a pick-me-up at work, calling a loved one is better than an espresso.
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