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

How Do Leaders Deal With Disruption? Make New Maps

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Struggling to keep pace with the speed of change? By reframing our worlds, we can lead change instead.
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Stop and Smell the Roses

5 steps to stop letting the rush rule win and start turning your attention to what’s along the way.

Does Cutting Taxes Sap Productivity?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The bigger the government, the more productive the workers.

Why Are So Many Millennials Pursuing Side Hustles?

By Mariana Plata on October 11, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
Is side hustling the new trend? This is why millennials are choosing to pursue it. Spoiler alert: it's not about the money.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill

Do You Have an Inner Taskmaster? How Can You Tell?

Having an inner taskmaster is a mixed blessing. It can offer you various advantages. But it can also be an oppressive force, keeping you from experiencing many of life’s joys.

How Do We Value Time?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
A revolution is coming! Tech is not only disrupting traditional industries, it is fundamentally changing the basis of our economy and the value of being human.

The Good Leader

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
What makes a good leader? Understanding why you may have a subpar feeing about work.

Americans’ Reluctance to Take Time off from Work

There is a reason for vacations as there is a reason the human body needs sleep.The body and mind need time to recover and repair from the continuing demands of daily life.

Beyond Grit: Up Close and Personal with Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Thicken Your Skin
You want to do your best, but do you know how?

Why We Need To Structure Our Days Differently Than We Think

Are you using your brain as effectively as you could be? A few changes can go a long way.

Should You "Write First, Edit Later"?

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is "write first, edit later," but does this work for everybody?

Recognition Is Easy, So Why Do We Make It So Hard?

By Victor Lipman on September 05, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Employee recognition is a fundamental but often overlooked aspect of management. It's common for employees to feel their best efforts are routinely ignored.

Writing Your Own “Ulysses Contract”

By Bruce Grierson on September 02, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
In the gig economy, there's no mean boss standing in your doorway demanding the goods. YOU have to find the mojo yourself.

A Little-Known Cause of Burnout

By Caroline Beaton on September 01, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Boredom and burnout are correlated.

How To Make Turning Points More Likely In Your Life

Do you wish your life had a sudden beneficial turning point? A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

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.
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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".
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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. 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?