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

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When Work Can Be Damaging To Your Health

Companies should, through well-trained managers, pay attention to the behavior of their employees.

Should We Limit What We Take on as We Near Death?

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Face It!
We will all age and we all will die; we just don’t know when or how. Does that matter? How should we spend our remaining days?
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Are You a People Pleaser?

People often ask me what the secret to happiness is. My response is that the most important thing for happiness is living truthfully.

The (Script) Doctor Will See You Now

By John Munder Ross Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Talking Cure
The only way to get around writer's block is to grapple with the resonances and/or symbolic meanings of the characters and events on the page.

Board Structure and Your Effectiveness.

Does your job involve the board of directors? Ask these three questions.

Career Question: "How Can I Get into Management?"

By Victor Lipman on July 18, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A frustrated reader would like a faster career track. Following is practical counsel for anyone seeking a management role.

The Powerful Psychology Behind Cleanliness

Organization is a topic that's sweeping the internet. What is it about cleanliness that makes us feel so good? Here's a look at the science behind our need to be tidy.

Automation Takes Jobs and Universal Basic Income Might Help

Artificial intelligence, robotics, and the rise of freelance or "gig" economy, is eliminating millions of jobs and we need a Universal Basic Income to deal with it.

Happiness is a Choice (And a Pretty Smart One)

Stop the happiness myths from holding your happiness back. Let these three happiness lessons give you an immediate "how" to happiness.

Big Projects, Big Mood Swings

Learn why we bounce between optimism and pessimism while working on large projects. And discover 6 ways to deal with these mood swings.

How Wonder Plays a Key Role in Collaboration

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on June 29, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Creative professionals often think they must suffer their projects alone. They’re often mistaken. Collaboration is essential for creative productivity and innovation.

Why the Millennial Mindset Matters to Management

By Victor Lipman on June 25, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Millennials have “more permission to advocate for ourselves, rather than to silently comply with whatever directives are handed down.” What are the management implications?

Could Your Brain Store All the Information on the Web?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in Memory Medic
Just what is your learning capacity? Why aren't you achieving it?

One Easy Way to Get Better Sleep

If you are having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, and/or sleeping well, here is one easy thing you can do to get some relief.

10 Real Risks of Multitasking, to Mind and Body

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Multitasking has become such a regular part of our lives that most of us believe we can do it well, and few would imagine it was actually dangerous.

A Nice Short Description of How to Manage Millennials

By Victor Lipman on June 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Hint: They don’t respond well to traditional command-and-control tactics.

Writing: The Inner Edge—Part II

Writing is different from immediate performance, yet it shares a number of aspects with performance. General principles help make the process and outcome more productive.

Busyness as Usual, Part 2—Power Lounging

By Gregg Levoy on June 11, 2016 in Passion!
A meditation on working and on knowing when to say “Enough is enough!”

On Hyper-Sanity

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 11, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Standing out is the price we pay for being outstanding.

Meeting Malpractice

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on June 06, 2016 in Superbosses
Avoiding meeting malpractice will not solve all of our problems in an era of tremendous globalization and technological disruption. But I bet it’s a great way to start.

Are You Hungry for Your Work?

If our psycho-social needs go unmet at work, our work can feel oppressive in a number of ways. Here are 8 suggestions for making our work less oppressive.

The Economics of Treating Insomnia

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 02, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Insomnia costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion a year, stemming largely from increased health-care reliance, lost productivity, and more frequent injuries and accidents.

How to Face Adversity Like a Champion

By Polly Campbell on June 02, 2016 in Imperfect Spirituality
Do you have the mindset of a champion? By taking a positive approach to adversity you might just succeed when others fail.

The Best Managers Keenly Understand the Power of Teamwork

By Victor Lipman on June 01, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A common challenge in the corporate world is low "collaboration EQ." But very little gets accomplished in business without the support of other people - often many other people.
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3 Highly Effective Ways to Give Critical Feedback

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Feeling It
We have this idea that giving critical feedback is necessary but difficult. But research and Eileen Fisher show us it doesn't have to be.

Experience-Based How-To's for Creativity

Getting creative – There’s nothing like drawing on experience!

Get Your Head in the Clouds

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Problem solutions like to play hide and seek. We seek. And they hide. The harder we search, the more they hide. Here are 3 steps to help you find creative solutions.

How to Deal With People Who Drain Your Energy

Natural selection built a brain that seeks safety in numbers. Instead of spending all of your energy on the needs of others, you can start feeling good about focusing on yourself.

How to Stop Wasting Your Time in Meetings

By Rob Kendall on May 27, 2016 in Blamestorming
Over a third of meetings are considered to be a waste of time. Some simple changes can halve the time you spend in meetings and double their value.

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.