Articles about Productivity

The Whole Human

If you’re too busy for these 5 things, your life is more off-course than you think

Are you currently off-course? How long have you been off-course? How would you know if you are on the right course? How can you minimize the turbulence and other conditions distracting your path?

Office Life

What are the advantages of working for bad bosses?

This piece focuses on the topic we kept coming back to: the idea that, well, bad bosses aren't all bad. We all had suffered through bad bosses, and had seen them do all kinds of damage. BUT during the course of the conversation, we started realizing that a bad boss (especially the kind who doesn't really have the power to hurt you very much) can be a great thing in some ways.

Office Life

Science explains why the office window seat is so coveted

Getting the seat by the office window is a coveted prize, and now science backs up why we want it so much. According to a new daylight study conducted by Cornell University’s Dr. Alan Hedge, our proximity to natural light can boost our productivity.

Productivity

19 activities super successful people do over long weekends

With the long weekend approaching, it is interesting to look at how super successful people spend their free time. Do they totally unplug from work or do they use this as a time to pursue more projects? Or do they just have six hour brunches? Here are the long weekend activities of several successful people. 

Office Life

Watch out for these 4 downsides of moonlighting

Looking to moonlight to boost your income? It may seem like a great way to earn some extra bucks, but be aware there may be some drawbacks, especially in the personal side of your life.

Food at work

7 superfoods that can improve your concentration

While the scientifically-proven impact of superfoods is still being studied — and you should always speak with a trusted expert before radically changing your diet — it is worth a bite to this brain grub into your diet. Here, experts share their best recommendations.

The Whole Human

If you want to start making better decisions, do this

Do you ever look back on your decisions and think, “Why I on earth did I do that?” We all make bad decisions. You can never avoid making a mistake. However, you can avoid making the same mistake more than once.

Office Life

Scientists have coined a name for surfing the internet during work hours: ‘cyberloafing’

When the workday drags on, we may turn to the wonders of the world wide web for a spark of entertainment. Now, scientists in a new study, have a term for it: "cyberloafing," or personal use of the internet during working hours.

Productivity

8 benefits of decluttering your workspace

Clutter everywhere might seem like a joke sometimes, but it can actually have a detrimental effect on your productivity at work. An organized workspace is more than just a pretty area; it can have effects that benefit you on a psychological level, too.

Office Life

3 ways to manage up when you have a bad boss

One of the tests of being a leader is knowing how to navigate a boss who doesn’t score highly as a leader him/herself.

Communication

Reading body language at work: 5 mistakes you don’t want to make

No matter what the culture at your workplace, the ability to read nonverbal signals can provide significant advantages for the way you deal with people. You can start to gain those advantages by avoiding these five common mistakes.

Productivity

In need of some inspiration? Try doing nothing. No, seriously.

My proposal is this: that we allow ourselves to feel okay about doing absolutely nothing. If this is hard for you (and it’s hard for me!), don’t worry — studies prove that it’s actually really good for you, both mentally and physically.

The Whole Human

5 ways you can use visualization to achieve top performance

Little did I know I could use visualization to achieve top performance and point to solid science to explain why it worked. Achieving my goal was about more than work and discipline; it was also about physiology.

The Whole Human

The strange way being ‘good’ hurts your willpower

"Tell yourself you’re 'good' for working on an important project and ‘bad’ for procrastinating, and you’re more likely to slack off in the afternoon if you made progress in the morning. Simply put: Whenever we have conflicting desires, being good gives us permission to be a little bit bad."

News

Survey: Employees in these cities check in at work the most while on vacation

New research from staffing firm Accountemps shows that these cities have the most workers that regroup with their employers "at least several times a week" while they’re on vacation: Miami, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.

Productivity

How to give yourself structure when you work from home

When you work from your bed, it's all too easy to let the day slip by hunched over a computer, forgetting to take breaks or eat. To make your remote work successful, you need to build yourself the set schedule and structure of an office into your home. Here's how to do it.

Work-Life Balance

Should you take Fridays off? The pros and cons of setting up summer hours

Some industries have an unofficial summer Friday policy in which they just aren’t around at all on Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Before you start your own personal Friday-free policy, consider this first.

Success

Why you should always surround yourself with people smarter than you

The job of a team or company leader is not to tell people what to do. Rather, your job is to create conditions conducive to growth and success – to supply great people with the resources they need to achieve great things. In fact, hiring people on account of their perceived docility will only increase your company’s chance of failure.

The Whole Human

How to detach from work to preserve your mental well-being

Mentally distracting oneself from work during out of work hours can help restore emotional, cognitive and spiritual resources lost because of long hours, work stress and demands.

Productivity

WARNING: Watching expert videos makes you think you are more capable than you are

When we watch how-to videos on loop, we may get the smug thought of 'I bet I could do that.' But this overconfidence can backfire, and suddenly we are holding broken parts of a standing desk in despair. What went wrong? It looked so easy to build on the screen!

wellness

5 women who quit a job for their mental health – and what they learned

In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, get inspired to leave a toxic gig, just like these five — super-successful and happier — women did.

Office Life

Here’s an email template to help you settle a team dispute

An email chain doesn’t allow for productive dialogue and employees can read a sentence the wrong way and become offended or turned off. That’s why, to settle a dispute, email should be used to plan a face-to-face conversation.

The Whole Human

Feeling stuck in life? How to take your life from stuck to awesome

Staying stuck and refusing to do something about it, is the biggest obstacle to your recovery. The good news is, it’s just a feeling. When you start to make positive movement forward, the feeling will change.

Gender at work

5 things women leaders should stop doing. TODAY.

If you desire to be your best professional self and make the difference only you can make, here are five things you should stop doing. Today.

Office Life

These professions attract the highest number of psychopaths

One thing psychopaths tend to have in common is the careers they go for. For example, you're likely to find a lot of them in leadership positions because of their ruthlessness, charisma, and fearlessness. They're very good at making snap decisions, but not so good at the empathetic professions like nursing or therapy.