The ultimate in irony: While goofing off online this evening I found the most perfect article excusing, nay encouraging me, to prolong said goofing off efforts in the name of productivity.


Goofing off actually leads to productivity?

It seems so. According to Forbes,  a “growing body of research suggests that the longer you keep your rear end in your chair and your eyes glued to your screen, the less productive your may be. Getting up from your desk and moving not only heightens your powers of concentration, it also enhances your health.”

Well, I’ll be damned.

I adore discovering articles like this one because it totally justifies my ADD tendencies. In fact, it somehow makes me feel more elitist in my wanderings. Like I am somehow better than all of those diligent workers who break for no one and nothing and conquer to-do lists that rival War & Peace.

The piece proceeds to further encourage both the “power of daydreaming as well as that of chatting with colleagues” citing increased employee productivity and creativity.

But wait! There’s more! Studies also seem to suggest that stretching and walking around every 30 minutes throughout the day stimulate your blood flow and lead to “a burst of hyper oxygenation in the brain.” Translation – you can expect to experience a bonus of increased energy and attentiveness.

So what Forbes is saying is that by goofing off, one has the potential to become like, the uber-employee. Super productive. Super creative. Totally focused.

Of course you will.

I’m not completely buying their argument, but here are eight ways they suggest that goofing off will make you more productive:

1. Take a walk around the block. (Okay. This I actually believe. I regularly walk about to get my creativity back when I’ve been drained.)

2. Take a nap. (I highly doubt curling up under my desk will do anything other than make me want to remain in this position for hours on end. Might look weird to visitors. Just saying.)

3. Chat with a colleague. (Hey, I’m all about chatting. If this is officially sanctioned, I’m in. Watercooler talk for the win!)

4. Run an errand (Not sure how completely leaving the workplace will force me into high levels of achievement, but if you say so.)

5. Brush your teeth. (Err… what? How exactly will that keep me focused? I’m confused.)

6. Spend 10 minutes checking Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. (Did Forbes just give me permission to enter the social media time suck in the name of productivity? Seems like a bad move.)

7. Go to the gym (I have a Wii Fit in my office. Does “bowling” count or do I have to haul in some free weights?)

8. Go out to lunch (A big lunch will only entice me to indulge in suggestion number 2 and we all know how that will end, don’t we?)