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Surround Yourself With People Who Are Exerting Mental Effort to Increase Productivity

peoplepleasingMany people who work from home have a hard time staying focused on the task at hand, due to the many distractions that present themselves, which is completely understandable. Staying concentrated when there are others around you who are relaxing, playing (if you have kids), or watching TV can be near impossible at times.

Studies are now showing that if you surround yourself with others who are focused and working hard, it will promote concentration within your own mind, allowing for optimal productivity.

Published in journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, the study placed several people next to each other, all working on different tasks, varying in difficulty.

“The study’s authors write:

“In the current study, we showed for the first time that the exertion of mental effort is contagious. Simply performing a task next to a person who exerts a lot of effort in a task will make you do the same. It could be that this does not reflect a truly deliberate decision, but instead a more automatic tendency to imitate people, as is the case with yawning, rubbing your face, or shaking your foot, and facial expressions,” says an article on the matter, titled “How To Concentrate Automatically Without Even Trying” published by PsyBlog.

So if you find yourself unable to concentrate at home, perhaps try going to the library to focus. Others will be there either reading or working in a much needed, quiet space. Your motivation to work hard just may rub off on someone else, too!

References

How To Concentrate Automatically Without Even Trying – PsyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.spring.org.uk/2016/06/how-to-concentrate-automatically.php

Is mental effort exertion contagious? – Springer. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13423-015-0923-3

Surround Yourself With People Who Are Exerting Mental Effort to Increase Productivity


Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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Bundrant, M. (2016). Surround Yourself With People Who Are Exerting Mental Effort to Increase Productivity. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2016/07/surround-yourself-with-people-who-are-exerting-mental-effort-to-increase-productivity/

 

Last updated: 6 Jul 2016
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