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

Why Wait? The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

We all procrastinate. New research in psychology provides clues as to why--and how to stop.

The Essence of Managing Anxiety

Stress, anxiety and worry make us uneasy and can derail efforts to stay calm. Here are 10 simple ways to keep calm can make it possible to carry on even in difficult situations.

Don’t Let The Algorithm Become Your Rockstar!

By Tim Leberecht on September 30, 2015 The Romance of Work
What we need in our organizations are not smarter, more powerful algorithms, we need more true rock stars—visionaries and “misfits” who defy the confines of strict rationality, and rhyme more than they reason.

Brave New World or dystopia? Employee monitoring

By Ray Williams on September 30, 2015 Wired for Success
We are witnessing an explosion of employee monitoring systems and technological devices to facilitate that monitoring. The culture of surveillance has now invaded the workplace.

Effort Can Reveal Work, Life Passions

By Polly Campbell on September 30, 2015 Imperfect Spirituality
A little extra effort may be the surprising way to discover your life's passion.

How Aquaman Rules The Shark Tank

Some skills that will prevent you from sinking.

No, You Can’t Pick My Brain, But I’ll Talk to You Anyway

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Give and Take
Why you might want to take that meeting

Could You Change Your Life Without Changing a Thing?

Open your life to a new technique that can allow you to be better every day without altering the course of your day in any way.

Can You Map Your Talents and Character Strengths?

With a growing number of organizations investing money and resources in the use of their people’s strengths, it has to be worth asking: “Exactly what is a strength?” Are they talents, values, interests or resources? Are they something we’re born with or something we’re able to develop?

How 7 Simple Questions Can Get You Unstuck

How often do you feel your head teeming with great ideas about how to improve your productivity, your income, your work life, your health, your relationships, or your happiness? And how often do you find yourself stuck in the same place, doing nothing but making the same promises to yourself and repeating the same excuses? There is a way out of stuckness!

Business Storytelling: 3 Essential Stories Businesses Need

By Judy Carter on September 23, 2015 Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Want more clients? Tell people what you do as a story. Here are 3 essential stories everyone needs to have handy. As there is no better way to inspire others than to inspire them with The Message of You.

The Coming Boom in Mental Health

How much will we need mental health services? A lot more than we do now.

Crispness: A Little-Discussed Key to Career Success

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 18, 2015 How To Do Life
Unsuccessful people often lack focus and get sidetracked.

Giving Feedback Is Fundamental - Why Is It so Hard?

By Victor Lipman on September 15, 2015 Mind of the Manager
All too often employees receive no management feedback, or feedback that is emotional and not business-focused.

Why More and More Companies Are Dropping Performance Reviews

By Ray Williams on September 13, 2015 Wired for Success
The reality is that the traditional performance appraisal as practiced in the majority of organizations today is fundamentally flawed and incongruent with our values-based, vision-driven and collaborative work environments.

Keep It Simple! 3 Parenting Tips for a Healthy Life Balance

As important as intellectual, social, and physical stimulation are to a young child’s developing brain and body, they’re not enough. To thrive in childhood and grow into a happily productive adult, a child needs to find a healthy balance. Dona Matthews, Ph.D., and Joanne Foster, Ed.D., suggest three ways parents can help make that happen.

What Did You Learn In School Today?

By Russ Gerber on September 11, 2015 Our Health
Today is loaded with potential for meeting valuable people and learning good lessons.

Laird Hamilton and the Art of Surfing

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 10, 2015 Brick by Brick
Laird Hamilton, who is often considered one of the greatest athletes in the world, shares how intrinsic motivation and sense of purpose drive him to continued achievement.

5 Secrets to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

Do you know what is best for you, yet find it difficult to actually WANT to do what you need to do? Here are 5 secrets on how to get yourself to do what you need to do, in order to get what you most desire.

Your Own Skin

By Victor Lipman on September 07, 2015 Mind of the Manager
An excerpt from my new book "The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World," which was published in August by Prentice Hall Press. This chapter discusses managers' needs to find the style that works best for them, while remaining true to their own managerial DNA.

How's Your Work-Life Balance?

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Presence of Mind
Work-life balance impacts individuals, families, organizations, and even our democracy. How’s your work-life balance? Are you satisfied with your ability to meet work and nonwork role demands? What can you do to achieve a better balance? What can and should organizations do?

Addressing Refuse-to-Work Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 06, 2015 How To Do Life
What to do when a person, supported by you, refuses to earn income.

3 Steps to Finding Your Flow

Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose.

6 Insider Tips for New Ph.D. Students

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 Caveman Politics
Welcome to the Ph.D. “business”! It’s peculiar and you’re probably entering it at a huge information disadvantage. Profit from these insider tips.

Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

Does the productivity of scientific careers come at the cost of creativity? One foundation director worries that it does.

Case Study: Why She is Unproductive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 30, 2015 How To Do Life
We unpeeled the onion. Lessons were unearthed.

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

It may surprise you that we are all "on-call" and it is taking a toll.

20 Secrets of Successful Students

Some are common sense, some counterintuitive and all guaranteed to help you get the 'A'.

Amazon and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on August 26, 2015 Wired for Success
A recent expose of Amazon’s work culture in a New York Times report brings into focus the growing problem of toxic work cultures in North America, one that will take a huge toll on long term productivity and employee well being.

How To Need Less Affirmation

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 Ambigamy
We all need ego-strokes, but how many? Here are five ideas for going on an affirmation diet, without starving.