WALES, United Kingdom, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Productivity specialists at Think Productivity are emphasizing the power behind visual thinking. With the capability of the human brain to process visuals being far greater than its ability to understand text, it's important to note that words are based on a complex symbol system which must be decoded by the brain before they can be understood, whereas visuals require virtually no effort. After all, a child can be taught to associate pictures with different meanings years before they can be taught how to read sentences. Applying this same principle to our daily to-dos allows us to see that if visually represented, they are far easier to process than if they are set out in a text-heavy format.
Bestselling author and world-renowned expert on creativity and innovative thinking skills, Chris Griffiths, explains the problem with many existing solutions – "Paper lists, post it notes and spreadsheets can have an adverse effect on productivity if they're being used to organize tasks and to-dos, especially when working collaboratively."
"We live in a culture where we want to convey and digest information quickly, and this is emphasized by the increasing popularity of apps such as Snapchat, Pinterest and Instagram, where the focus has shifted away from text and more emphasis placed on visuals. Even Twitter limits the character count - ensuring your message is easily digested."
Griffiths adds, "If visuals allow us to communicate in a concise and clear manner, then we should apply these principles in the workplace too."
Engage your team and unlock your potential
The use of color has been shown to alter the levels of alpha brain wave activity, triggering alertness. This is especially useful when getting team members fired up to tackle a set of tasks as colors can subconsciously motivate the individual to perform beyond expectations.
Tasks slipping your memory? Images are the answer
The brain's ability to remember images is far better than its memory for words. Words are processed by our short term memory, whereas images are directed through our long term memory and become much more deeply ingrained as a result. Using imagery and visuals allows the brain to make plans and action items unforgettable.
Go easy on your brain; use visuals, not spreadsheets
The last thing we want is to expend large amounts of energy deciphering what we have to do before we've even begun doing it. While text-based systems can have their advantages, an approach that involves images and pictures allows you to process what's in front of you with just a quick glance, meaning you are fresh and energized to produce deliverables.
Visualize your workload and bring tasks to life
The aforementioned expert Chris Griffiths, has worked with his team at Think Productivity to develop DropTask, a uniquely visual productivity app allowing you to utilize the benefits of visualization. Packed with rich collaboration features, teams are encouraged to work in an engaging and real-time environment to manage day-to-day responsibilities and elevate performance. With accompanying apps available on iOS, Android, Mac and soon to be Windows Desktop, businesses can sign up to DropTask for free by visiting www.droptask.com, with the option to unlock advanced functionality with their premium service, DropTaskPRO, from just $65/year.
SOURCE Think Productivity