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.
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Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

So, What Is Distraction Again?

Distraction and mind-wandering may seem like interchangeable terms, but they're not. It's worth pondering what our brain is doing when it seems to be doing nothing.

The Best Kept Secret to Energy Management—Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Feeling It
Work hard, play hard? Think again, data shows. Why living life in the fast lane can slow you down, and what to do instead.

The Central Challenge of Management

By Victor Lipman on February 03, 2016 Mind of the Manager
I once worked for a Chief Marketing Officer who above all liked to hire Psychology majors. What did he know about an effective mindset for business?

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Creating in Flow
Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

How the Science of Creative Mindfulness Helps

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 01, 2016 Tracking Wonder
If anxiety stalls your best work, consider these simple ways to redirect your attention.

The Best Managers are the Best Communicators

By Victor Lipman on January 31, 2016 Mind of the Manager
Solid manager-employee relationships are built on a foundation of communication. Research bears this out, as did a long-ago conversation.

How Wives Contest The Australian Open Men’s Tennis Final

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Don't Fall For These Six Myths Of Success—Do This Instead

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Feeling It
We have the misconception that, in order to be successful, we have to postpone our happiness and well-being. Here are the six myths of success that we tend to fall for.

8 Habits of Highly Lucky People

Lucky at love? Is it the luck of the Irish, the lucky duck, the rabbit's foot (wasn't too lucky for the rabbit), or divine inspiration. What do lucky people do differently?

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.

Study Fact-Checks Influence of Immigration on Jobs

By Garth Sundem on January 26, 2016 Brain Trust
Research shows that the diversity from immigration leads to wage growth and higher productivity in STEM fields.

How Pressing Pause Improves Performance

Most people assume that we improve performance by doing more and working harder. Research shows that the opposite is true. v

7 Ways Productive People Stay Focused

A few simple changes can help you get more done in less time.

When Teamwork Backfires

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 Good Thinking
Work productivity soars when men and women work on the same team. But men are more likely to get the credit.

There Is No Average Person. Here's Why.

No one is average. Not you. Not your kids. Not your employees or students. This isn’t hollow sloganeering—it’s a mathematical fact with enormous practical consequences.

The Surest Way to Spot a Good Manager

By Victor Lipman on January 14, 2016 Mind of the Manager
A good manager can be the sole difference between an enjoyable job and an unpleasant one. Practical tips to help you find a winner in the future.

Get Better Grades

Grades - It's easy to ruin a semester. Here are FIVE doable ways to succeed.

So You'd Like to Get a Book Published

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 How To Do Life
An eight-book author's report from the front.

Academic Procrastination And Academic Achievement

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 Don't Delay
We can all probably recall a time when we procrastinated but still managed to "pull it off." We may even know a high-achieving procrastinator. Memorable, but not typical.

Why We May Want to Go ‘Old School’ for Our Next Meeting

Although many assume that "smart" technology maximizes our productivity and performance, recent research suggests our learning and retention of information may be compromised.

9 Things Productive People Do Differently

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 Glue
Work is often stressful. It doesn't have to be. Here are 9 things you can do right now to boost your health, happiness and productivity.

Why Calm Management is Good Management

By Victor Lipman on January 03, 2016 Mind of the Manager
These five traits of good leaders are underrated - but effective.

My Resolution for 2016: Cut the (Wireless) Internet Cord

Like many people, I spend far too much time online, much of it truly wasting time, and it affects my work and play even when offline. So, guess what my 2016 resolution is?

How to Make New Year's Resolutions that Stick

Learn to succeed with your New Year's resolutions once and for all.

Bedecked & Bejeweled: How Dressing up Increased Creativity

Like magic, the first time I put on a white coat in medical school I became a doctor before my own eyes. Recent research shows it wasn’t magic at work but science.

Why the Boss's Trust Can Leave You Exhausted

By Nanette Fondas on December 22, 2015 WorkLife Matters
The downside of a trusting employee-supervisor relationship is rarely remembered.

Create a Success Toolkit for the New Year

By Brad Waters on December 22, 2015 Design Your Path
From high school to retirement- why everyone should create a success toolkit and career journal.

My Advice to a Baseball Player in a Slump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 18, 2015 How To Do Life
Lessons that may apply to any of us that are on a bad streak.

8 Reasons We Really Do Need to Make Resolutions

Are you the kind person who sets New Year's resolutions or the kind of person who makes fun of those who do?