Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video How snacks and scents affect productivity, part of Time Management Tips.
- I'm a fan of considering all of the five senses…when it comes to your productivity.…Now, many people are good with the senses of what they see,…or what they hear, or what they touch,…yet often neglect smell and taste.…These do have a huge impact on your ability…to be productive and focused.…The idea is that we want to reduce distractions.…For instance, from an unusual odor,…or just being hungry in the middle of the day.…Every time you switch your attention to one of these things…we have to pay switching costs to refocus…back to whatever you're working on.…
So, let's take a look at these two neglected senses.…First, smell.…Well, this is fairly simple,…just take a whiff.…What do you smell in your workplace?…Is there anything that you'd change,…or is there something that you'd add?…Or, perhaps you just need to clean something.…We want to regularly assess how things smell…in the workplace, and if we have customers,…the impact that that smell is having on them.…Now, what about taste?…We start with the snacks that you have close at hand.…
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