13 Feb Legacy Business Solutions Relaxes and Resets with Productivity-Inducing Gestures
Productivity is a big deal to us at Legacy Business Solutions so we do our best to learn as much as we can about it. Our most recent discoveries on this topic relate to gestures. This may come as a bit of a surprise; it did to us, anyway. We hadn’t really considered that the gestures we use have much impact on productivity.
Think about it, though. What are you doing right now? Are you sitting up straight? Where are your elbows? Are your legs crossed? These subtleties not only communicate a great deal to those around you, but they drastically affect your mindset as well. It’s called embodied cognition. By considering your posture and gestures, you can improve the way you feel, and subsequently the way you work.
For example, rest your hands on your head with your elbows facing outward when you need inspiration during brainstorming and problem-solving sessions. If you need some motivation to write, answer emails, or make phone calls, either prop up your legs or extend them. This is great for desk work.
If you are in the midst of negotiation or on an intense phone call, rest your arm on the back of the chair beside you. Doing so will help you feel more powerful. Another useful power pose is to stand with your legs and arms outstretched. It’ll definitely elicit attention! When you’re speaking, feel free to use your hands to accentuate what you’re trying to communicate. This will help with speech production, making you sound more articulate.
Our team members at Legacy Business Solutions feel it’s important to note that sometimes being productive also requires listening. To retain as much information as possible, keep your arms and legs uncrossed. Research indicates that opening your body this way helps with retention.
It is easy to see how body language helps with performance. We urge you to pay attention to how your gestures impact your productivity. You might be surprised at what you observe.