Maximizing Productivity

There's only so much time in a day, a year, or a life. The ability to work quickly and efficiently within that time can boost results. Productivity results from a mix of factors: motivation, talent, training, work environment, support from others, time management, and even luck. Some people seem to be natural super-producers; others look to daily exercises and good habits to help them get things done.

Recent posts on Productivity

Three Science-Based Reasons Vacations Boost Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Feeling It
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.
Ibiza landscape. Pxhere. Public domain.

Did You Have a Productive Summer?

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Why do we feel that we have to produce something, like an egg squeezed from a chicken, to justify three months of life?

Decrazifying Cryptocurrency

By Moses Ma on August 15, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Curious about the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency revolution? Here's a balanced analysis of what's going on with Bitcoin, the "Kim Kardashian of currency".
Caroline Beaton

How to Simplify Your Career

By Caroline Beaton on August 15, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
A simple career hinges on a deep, daily understanding of what’s necessary.

Can Rest Make Us More Productive?

By Peter Bregman on August 14, 2017 in How We Work
Discover why even an hour of rest a week can increase your productivity and Marilyn’s principles for establishing a rest routine that works.

Michelle Gielan On Mindset

By Isaac Lidsky on August 14, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
A positive psychology expert teaches us to “mine the data of our existence” and construct a reality that fuels and empowers us.
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Igniting the Spark

Five ways to get you back on track to motivation and commitment to take the steps you need to take. Move forward!
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Do You Get Hearing Loss Exhaustion?

By Shari Eberts on August 09, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Does your hearing loss exhaust you? You are not alone.

Workplace Wellness Programs Create the Ultimate Win-Win

By Christopher Bergland on August 02, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that corporate wellness programs improve employees' overall well-being and lead to higher motivation, workplace productivity, and lower health care costs.
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Do You Face These Common Problems in Happiness and Habits?

By Gretchen Rubin on August 01, 2017 in The Happiness Project
Perhaps it seems unlikely, but it’s true — the Four Tendencies framework sheds light on all these questions.

The Demise of the “Big Picture Thinker” in Psychology?

Should psychologists slow down and be more broadly thoughtful to improve psychological science?

What Does Self-Actualization Really Mean?

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

5 Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on July 15, 2017 in Adaptation
Stop staring at your computer, drinking that umpteenth cup of coffee and try one of these five unconventional—but effective—productivity tactics.

Writer's Anxiety

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on July 13, 2017 in Psy-curious
Anxiety can make academic writing tasks feel daunting. What's contributing to these writing worries and what can we do about them?

What Everyone Can Learn from Amazon about Productivity

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in In Practice
Organize your life using tips gleaned from Amazon's highly efficient systems.

Five Instant Mood Boosters to Try Today

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in In Practice
Quick solutions to turn your mood around when you're feeling flat.

The Three-Legged Stool to Success

Seeking a guaranteed pathway to success for your child? Career readiness and pathways in technology for early college high school, may be your answer.

10 Reasons Why Teams Need Emotional Intelligence

Why your team needs better EI for better productivity and alignment.

Four Common Qualities of Really Bad Bosses

By Victor Lipman on July 05, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Here are four all too common types of management dysfunction. If your boss shows these behaviors, it's probably time to vote with your feet.

4 Steps to Finally Accomplish Those Goals You Keep Setting

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in Living Forward
Goals are what we use to create our life on purpose but more often than not we set goals then give up. Learn how to stop sabotaging your efforts and set yourself up for success.

Should You Finish What You Start?

Do you have several half-finished projects going at a time? If so, here's a neat trick that might help you finish things more often.

Robot Workers: Destroying Civilization or Making Us Happy?

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in The Next Step
What good could possibly come from robots taking over most jobs?

Three Surprising Ways Nature Leads to Success and Joy

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Feeling It
Green spaces boost happiness, make you smarter and more creative. So many science-backed reasons to go take a hike!

Women, Men and Mentoring

Mentors can often give you the advantage of behind-the-scene operations and decisions in the making. A mentor is a go-to person when times are difficult.

How to Succeed in Life...Ideally, on Your Own Terms

In my third of three posts on defining success for yourself, I look at what the academic world considers to be success and how this can relate to your career as well.

Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

Must We Delay Gratification? Maybe Not

By Lydia Denworth on June 21, 2017 in Brain Waves
Intuition tells us to work first so we'll enjoy playing more later. But new research says we don't have to wait to savor some fun and give ourselves a break.

Defining Success for Yourself

In the first of three posts, I discuss the importance of determining what success means for you, whatever your field of endeavor is (or what you want it to be).

Four Steps to Leveraging Mundane Moments to Find Purpose

Been thinking about leaving your "boring" job? Major shifts are not always the answer to finding meaning in life. Learn the art of mindfulness and finding purpose in the mundane.
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New Thinking Required: Oil, Cars, and Walking

Cars changed us. How will we change cars?