THE FIND­INGS

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“We’re work­ing on a re­search pro­ject called ‘Mak­ing a bor­ing job bet­ter,’” says Le­wandowski. “In one of our stud­ies, we had peo­ple do data en­try while lis­ten­ing to a TED Talk, lis­ten­ing to rip­pling wa­ter or lis­ten­ing to noth­ing. And while it’s hard to lis­ten to a TED Talk while do­ing a task that re­quires con­cen­tra­tion, it’s also new and in­ter­est­ing. The peo­ple who lis­tened to the TED Talk en­joyed the data en­try more. We did a sim­i­lar test where we asked peo­ple to move ob­jects across a room by sim­ply lift­ing them or by us­ing chop­sticks—it was a way to test a new and some­what in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing way of do­ing things. Af­ter this task, we had par­tic­i­pants com­plete a cog­ni­tive puz­zle; the peo­ple who had used chop­sticks came up with more so­lu­tions to the puz­zle. The take­away from this is that what­ever mun­dane task you face in life, be cre­ative and find a way to make it more in­ter­est­ing. There is also anec­do­tal ev­i­dence that shows that if you do some­thing fun be­fore work or make an ef­fort to have a more ex­cit­ing life out­side of work, you can make a bor­ing work­day bet­ter.”

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