Before we go into all the details on how to increase our productivity and happiness, let’s start with finding a link between the two. Of course, measuring happiness can be tricky because happiness can mean different things to different people. According to a study by Warwick University happy people are more productive. During their tests, they found that happiness made people around 12% more productive. With UK productivity lagging behind countries like Germany we could definitely do with more happiness at the workplace.


Be positive.

Positive thinking and being an optimist is a fantastic thing. Positive people not only spread good vibes but can also see failures as opportunities for new starts. Positive thinking can help people be more enthusiastic  and committed to new projects.

Get the right tools.

Of course, a positive attitude wouldn’t be enough without the right tools for your job. The market is full of great productivity tools to get the job done, from day to day to do list apps like Omnifocus to the full office suites like the Office 365.

Below are some of our favourites:

Omnifocus – one of the best productivity apps for iOS.

Office 365 – full office desktop in the cloud. You can collaborate with you team and work across multiple devices.

Trello – based on the principles of Japanese Kanban, Trello is a cloud based project management tool.


Most of us are distracted dozens, if not hundreds of times every single day. Co-workers coming in for a chat, instant messaging and email notifications – all of these can have negative effect on your productivity. The biggest of all the distractions is social media, as millions of people use social media daily but not all realise that checking your social media accounts can drastically decrease your productivity. It’s not just work productivity that suffers, as spending too much time on social media not only leads to decreased productivity but also damaged social skills and according to this article, if you pay no attention to what you post, it can even affect your home insurance cover.

It’s not just the time you waste dealing with these distractions, but also the time it takes for you to regain concentration. Here are some tips to help you limit distractions:

– implement inbox zero and check email at scheduled times– turn off instant messaging notifications on your computer and mobile– focus on your task, close all unnecessary browser windows– log out of your social media accounts, and if you need to use them, schedule time for it


Breaks keep us from getting bored, as boredom is the biggest cause of lax focus. Taking regular breaks will help you stay focused on your tasks. If you struggle with scheduling your breaks, try the Pomodoro technique.


Sounds simple, but being overly mean, stubborn or uncooperative can have ripple effects that ultimately lower productivity. It’s a negative feedback loop – you annoy or anger someone by being short tempered, they in turn do something petty to slow your work progress or get you in trouble, which in turns makes your life harder and therefore makes you more difficult to work with.

So, as best you can, be nice! Of course, that can be difficult in some workplaces, but at the very least you should strive to be professional. The end goal is to minimise any negative effect your general manner could have on your work.


Without defined goals you’ll be like a ship without a rudder. Having clear and measurable goals will help you plan and go through the day without constantly thinking “what should I do next”.


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