Season 7 of Productivity Paradox is moving right along, and this week on Episode 086 I’m diving into making connections, and how our social interactions can benefit us not just in terms of our overall happiness and well-being, but also in how productive we are each and every day.
You may be questioning how socializing can actually benefit us when it comes to tackling our goals and making sure that we are crossing off those tasks on our list each day… And frankly, I’m not surprised! We often get into the mindset that socializing is a distraction that we must avoid in order to accomplish our goals… but that’s just not true.
The truth us, connection is a big part of happiness! Friendships and connections are important, no matter what avenue of life we’re traveling on—whether it be at work, or at home. They provide us with comfort, and they make us feel secure in who we are and what we’re doing on a daily basis.
So today, I want to zero in on the ideas from this week’s podcast episode and share a few ways in which socializing can boost your productivity—no matter what you have going on.
Let’s get started!
When it comes to being productive, having a positive outlook on life is vitally important. Here is where spending some time with friends or family members can help!
Researchers have discovered that feelings of loneliness can be bad for your health while also inhibiting how motivated you feel. In fact, loneliness has been found to increase a person’s risk of dying early by a whopping 26% because it removes the safety net of social support. When this happens, we perceive our world as threatening, causing our heart rate and blood pressure to rise, which over time can lead to hypertension and increase the risk for cardiovascular disease… And that doesn’t sound too pleasant, does it?
It comes as no surprise, then, that when we’re feeling secure in our social connections… our happiness increases – as does our tendency to feel motivated to tackle all of those tasks and projects on our list. So, the next time you’re feeling a little under the weather or slack in motivation to get things done? Reach out to a friend or a family member for a quick conversational pick-me-up!
If socializing can improve happiness, then it comes as no surprise that it can also significantly reduce the amount of stress that we feel each day. And this is especially true when it comes to big projects at home or at work!
It turns out that just a little bit of social interaction can significantly decrease feelings of overwhelm, irritability and fatigue – all of which have a way of negatively affecting how motivated we feel and how productive we are. Because let’s be honest… No one performs at their best under intense stress and feelings of overwhelm.
When it comes to nipping stress in the bud and focusing our energy on being productive, the best medicine often comes from allowing ourselves a few moments to decompress with a friend and hearing some words of encouragement.
Think about the last time you felt seriously stuck on completing a project or a task, whether at home or at the office. Probably not very good, right?
In moments of overwhelm, socializing can actually improve our productivity and the quality of the work that we produce. When we feel stuck, it can help to have a friend or coworker look over what we’re working on so that they can bring us new perspective and even offer some ideas on how to proceed.
The next time you’re feeling unsure of where to start on a task? Seek the advice of a trusted friend… Sometimes all you need is a fresh pair of eyes and a new approach to help you get back on the right track!
When it comes to our jobs, socializing with coworkers and team members has been shown to significantly increase employee engagement and productivity… Because the truth is: Employees with friends or social connections in the workplace are more likely to be more engaged and loyal workers!
This is mainly due to the fact that quality work relationships help foster a strong company culture that emphasizes both respect and trust. The social connections that we make in our working lives can provide us with a sense of cohesion in the office, which is essential for cultivating creativity, teamwork and productivity.
According to a recent study, people with strong social connections have a reduced risk of significant health problems, including: depression, high blood pressure, and an unhealthy BMI (body mass index).
So, just as our social connections can improve our overall happiness, it’s important to note that socializing ultimately leads to a healthier lifestyle… Which is always a great thing! Because when we’re at our healthiest, we’re more likely to get things done… Sounds pretty simple, right?
What are some of the ways that you make time for socializing in your life? Share your experiences in the comments below… And be sure to check out Episode 086 of Productivity Paradox this week where we’re talking all things social.