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

Six Honest Answers About Writing and Publishing Your Book

On my bulletin board at work, I’ve posted a small clip that reads: “Of the 86,000 new titles published in the UK in 2009, 59,000 sold an average of 18 copies.” Publishing is hard.
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3 Foolproof Ways to Prevent Work Burnout, Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Feeling It
Why your productivity may be making you less productive and what you should do instead—backed by science.

The Surprising Benefit of Talking to Strangers on a Plane

Here's a good reason to take out your earbuds and say hello to the stranger in the seat next to you.

Remote Workers Are Happier and More Productive

By Victor Lipman on May 10, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
These are key findings from a new survey examining pros and cons in the remote workplace.

Why Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get You Down

Economist Heather Boushey demonstrates that paid sick days, family and medical leave, and child care can empower and support workers - and are also good for the American economy.

Music for Productive Creativity

Can music help you get in a creative flow? Here's one writer's strategy and why it may work.

Low-Stress, High-Productivity Multitasking

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 05, 2016 in How To Do Life
Done right, the benefits can outweigh the liabilities.

The 7 Habits of Highly Mindful Leaders

By Ray Williams on May 04, 2016 in Wired for Success
Highly mindful leaders are more productive, proactive, and impactful.

Too Many Employees Feel the Need to "Cover" Their Identities

By Victor Lipman on May 03, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Data show large numbers of employees conceal their true identities at work. That's not good for the employees - or for productivity.

Spring Cleaning For Your Career: A Career Checklist

By Suzanne Gelb PhD JD on April 28, 2016 in All Grown Up
Are you feeling satisfied in your career, working productively, and moving in a direction that feels right for you…? A mental spring cleaning can be helpful.

Launching Into Multi-Dimensional Thinking

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on April 26, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Can we tap into "three-dimensional" thinking?

Molesley’s Dilemma

By Rebecca Coffey on April 26, 2016 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Downtown Abbey's Molesley finally got his dream job—after spending years working at a lowly, "make-do" one. How do employers today respond to evidence of make-do jobs on résumés?

Do You Know How to Be Motivated?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment inventory.

Why Complaining Rarely Gets You What You Want

What is the number one reason why people complain?

Why Management Rapport Leads to Employee Productivity

By Victor Lipman on April 18, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
An old HR colleague of mine was bothered by how little our managers talked with their employees. What were the implications for engagement and productivity?

What the Best CEOs on Earth Do Better

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 in Feeling It
What distinguishes good leaders from great ones? What distinguishes good workplaces from exceptionally happy workplaces? One thing.

Why see Michael Moore’s New Movie “Where...Next?"

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 10, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
How do USA citizens put up with so little? The amount of energy needed to get through life is astounding. Michael Moore opens viewers’ eyes to alternatives around the world.

New Graduates: Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes in Your Next Job

Research shows new graduates often make five bad assumptions about getting up-to-speed in their new job that actually undermine their ultimate success. Here's how to avoid them.

Art Is More About Work Than Sex

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 in The Human Beast
The sexual exploits of male rock stars is legendary and their sexual magnetism draws an endless supply of enthusiastic female partners. So do men get creative for sex?

Teens, Driving, Music & Danger

Spring is here, and so are many happy drivers. Here is the good and bad news about the music we love to listen to.

7 Reasons Productive People Go to Bed Early

Studies show how getting more sleep can transform your life in more ways than one.

3 Steps To Your Success

Do you want to be more successful than you are right now? Take the 3 steps to make that happen!

7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Day

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in In Practice
Your productivity is more than just ticking things off your to-do list.

The Planner

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Should you be more or less planful?

Schadenfreude: The Joy in Seeing Others Fail.

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 19, 2016 in A Sideways View
Some people experience more pleasure from seeing others fail than themselves succeeding. Is it healthy? Is this just envy and jealousy

How Productive Are You, Really?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment inventory to help you decide if you want to be more or less productive at work and outside of work.

Can Kobe Bryant Rebound From Retirement?

Old age can come sooner for professional athletes. Often with millions of dollars in the bank, and time on your hands, this presents a psychological challenge: how to retire.

Are America's Best Days Over?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 16, 2016 in The Human Beast
In his book, The rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert Gordon argues that America's exceptional growth is over, and that innovation isn't what it used to be.

Better Brain Hacks: Start by Stocking Your Pantry

The brain may be complex, but the steps to support and strengthen it don’t have to be. Start by stocking your pantry with a few key items.

How Avoiding Difficult Dynamics Undermines Work Productivity

Community character, as a function of irrelationship, is a group defense that people in groups unconsciously establish/maintain to protect them from being overwhelmed by anxiety.