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

In Defense of Duty

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
Duty and responsibility have lost stature to autonomy and creativity--Alas.

Seeking Success and Patrolling Failure

By Rob Henderson on February 13, 2017 in After Service
What can sleeplessness, stress, and sexist attitudes tell us about how our minds work?

Hearts, Candies, and Work

How to be sociable yet still get your work done.

Adolescence: Your Parenting Work Is Not Over Yet

A parent’s job changes at a child’s adolescence. Be available while letting go. Argue. Laugh. Love the person your child really is, underneath all the identities they’re trying on.

In Celebration of the “F” Word

Giving permission to fail can lead to more productivity and increase a company’s bottom line.

Employee Engagement Is Declining, but Managers Can Help

By Victor Lipman on February 09, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Three key metrics involving recognition, transparency and peer relationships show a decline in employee engagement. All of these issues are fixable with effective management.

Why Productivity Is Counterproductive

By Caroline Beaton on February 05, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Chasing productivity can sabotage performance and impact.

Life After Burnout

What if you're way past stressed out, and on your way to burned out? I missed these early warning signs, but you don't have to!

Making hospitals safer, healthier

Worried about medical errors? There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and others.

Why "Goofing Off" Is Good to Do

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in Think Well
Harness the power of distributed practice to maximize your productivity.

Why We Resist Change

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on January 25, 2017 in The Truisms of Wellness
The body’s inertia is an overlooked concept when it comes to understanding our inherent complex resistance to beginning a new diet or exercise routine.

How to Manage Powerful Women

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on January 22, 2017 in Wander Woman
How and why we need to support smart, strong women at work.

The Unintended Consequences of Multi-Tasking

By Tim Elmore on January 13, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
Thanks to social media, our students have grown up multi-tasking, but has all of the multi-tasking been poor for their health?

"Inadvertent Demoralization" Is a Real Problem at Work

By Victor Lipman on January 05, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Managers often demoralize and scare away talented employees—without trying to, or even being aware they're doing it.

Is the "Right to Disconnect" a Human Right?

By Tim Leberecht on January 04, 2017 in The Romance of Work
In France, employers can no longer demand workers stay tethered to their devices and answer email after work hours. Should this new law apply to the U.S. as well?

An Essential Set of Tools for Productivity at Work

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in Curious?
Productivity tips from 18 years as a scientist and author.

2017 Awareness Calendar

It only takes one person to make a difference - just think of what thousands can do.

The Underlying Reason You Can't Focus

By Caroline Beaton on January 02, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
It's not holidays; it's not technology. It's evolution.
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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Make a New Year’s Resolution

By Christine L. Carter Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in Raising Happiness
My fantasy is that January 1st will be THE day we launch headlong into our new-and-improved lives. I LOVE a fresh start, and there's nothing fresher than the start of a new year.

Want to Avoid Missing Deadlines? Take the Outside View!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A couple of easy tricks will help you manage your time much more effectively!

Powering Up: Turning on Optimism

Don't live life as if you are "doing time." Let optimism free you from a life of mediocrity.

Applying Psychological Science to Meet Your Goals

The first step in behavior change is establishing a clear plan.

In Defense of Time Management (From Someone Who Sucks at It)

A recent article at The Guardian claims that "time management is ruining our lives." But does it have to?

5 Ways to Make Your Life Better in the New Year

Looking for ways to improve your life in the new year? Learn 5 ways you can make this next year the best ever.

Should You Make New Year's Resolutions This Year?

Struggling to decide if New Year's resolutions are worth it? This will help you decide.

Surprise! There’s Value in Wasting Time, Energy, and Money

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
How many times have you wished you hadn’t initiated something that led to failure? Or bought something only to later discover it was useless—but kept too long to return?

Why It's Easy to Procrastinate—and 7 Ways to Break the Habit

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
If you're tired of putting off tasks, consider creating a plan to help you cross those items off your list.

What True Leaders Know About Emotional Intelligence

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Current and future leaders in any position in an organization need to know these strategies for emotionally intelligent leadership!

Three Subtle, Subconscious Ways We Procrastinate

By Caroline Beaton on December 11, 2016 in The Gen-Y Guide
Do you feel like you're constantly busy but getting nothing done? These three little known, but well-established methods of procrastination could be the problem.

The Fallacy of Genius

Cognitive science suggests that our potential exceeds our perspective on what is possible for ourselves. What if we could explore the possibilities beyond our limited vision?