Deep breathing exercises. Head stands. Talking to yourself. Making funny faces in the mirror. 

People will resort to testing some pretty far-fetched experiments in the pursuit of greater productivity. Did you know that Balzac drank 50 cups of coffee a day? Or that Demosthenes shaved off half of his hair so he would be too embarrassed to go out in public until it grew back, forcing him to stay inside and focus? Maneesh Sethi of Hack the System even hired a girl off Craigslist to slap him in the face every time he looked at Facebook. 

Odds are you've got a productivity junkie in your office testing out the latest flavor-of-the-week technique and swearing by its genius — only to move on to something "better" a few days later. What are the craziest things you've seen attempted at your office to boost efficiency? How many of them actually worked? (We'd really love to hear — tell us in the comments below!) 

Tried-and-True Productivity Tactics

With so many productivity techniques popping up, it's hard to know which are passing fads and which are the real deal. Here are a few we've tried and can vouch for ourselves, plus tips that are lauded as lifesavers by others:

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