Productivity and Cute Baby Animals

I didn’t believe it.  You’re not going to believe it.  But I dare you to try!

Matt Stopera over on BuzzFeed.com mentioned a study that proves* viewing pictures of baby animals increases productivity.  And then follows it with some of the cutest pictures ever.  And by golly, I actually got up and did the exercise session I had been putting off, and then came back to write this post – absolute, undeniable, irrefutable, incontrovertible proof that it works!

So here are your instructions:

  1. Go to Baby Animals Scientifically Proven to Increase Productivity.
  2. Look at the pictures with a task in mind.  Try not to spend extra time with oohs and ahhs.
  3. Come back here and tell us how you felt and if you were more productive, or actually did the thing you’ve been putting off.

(Of course, the science only “proves” that viewing baby animal pictures is better than viewing grown-up animal pictures.  And that’s only if you read the graph one way instead of the other.  But who cares?)

Speaking of productivity, progress on my goal list is across the board.  I get an A in keeping up with homework, starting the day with 5 minutes on the elliptical, and doing my stretches.  Hurray!  (Do I still get a dollar for every A, Mom?)  I’ll give myself a B on blog posts – I missed Sunday, but there’s still the rest of the week to make it up.  And a B+ in working on my WIP edits.  I got to work on it last Thursday, and considering the homework load last week and this week, I consider that awesome.  However, I absolutely flunked my healthy eating class.  Big Fat F.  Ugh.  Stuffing myself with stress and don’t-care-yet attitude.  I suspect this week will be about the same for eating, but for overall work on goals, I think I “done good.” (Click here to visit other ROW80 blogs.)

Now excuse me while I go back to look at the baby animals again so I can actually get to work on my essay for tomorrow.

How about you?  How are you doing on your writing/life goals?  And most importantly, what do you think about those cute baby animals?

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9 Responses to Productivity and Cute Baby Animals

  1. Baby animals…. squeeee! Oh, and a new season of Too Cute starts in a couple weeks! Can you tell I loooove baby animals? Actually, any animals. But no, I don’t think they make me more productive – if anything, it’s the opposite, because I can waste plenty of time looking at cute animal pics and videos!
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Hey there, Jenette! Glad you liked them enough for a squeeeee! And I’ll have to check out Too Cute – what channel?

  2. There is no world in which cute baby animal pictures wouldn’t be a motivator for me. They just make me feel happy and a happy person is a more productive person, right? 🙂 That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to blogging. I think that fewer good posts are better than posting every day and writing dreck.
    Marcy Kennedy recently posted..When Is It Time to Quit on Our Dreams?My Profile

    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      You stick to it, Marcy, and I’ll stick with you!

      And daily blogging??? I’m doing well if I can put up one thoughtful post and one quick one each week. We’ll see how I do when I’m only balancing fiction and blogging, without college classes thrown in, too!

  3. Baby animals–so cute! Looking at pics of them is definitely relaxing. 🙂
    Coleen Patrick recently posted..Photography Inspiration: The World is Full of MagicMy Profile

  4. ooooh, baby animals. . . I don’t know if . . . oooh baby elephant . . . my productivity . . . ooh baby seal . . . improves . . . kitties, puppies, baby chimpanzees . . . and baby tigers and lions and bears, oh my! Hmmm. Can you say distractible? LOL! I would have all those baby animals in my house if I could get away with it.
    Lynette M. Burrows recently posted..Changing DirectionMy Profile

  5. Jennifer Jensen says:

    Hi, Lynette and Coleen. This is kind of funny. I love baby animal pics, but this time they really energized me instead of pulling me away from work. Maybe because I had that in my head to begin. Now I’ll have to post a gathering of pictures myself, because for all the blog views and comments, not very many people actually clicked over to see them!

    And Lynette, the only thing that keeps me from having loads of baby animals is that they grow up. Drat!

  6. Kate Rowland says:

    Cute baby animals! I couldn’t resist the oohs and aahs.

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