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 You Handle Your Insecurities?

It’s natural to feel insecure from time to time, but these feelings can get in the way of your happiness. Figuring out where those insecurities come from is the first step to overcoming them.

Developing Time Management Skills

When life gets busy, things pile up. Time management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only will you the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.

Stories of Seclusion: An Immigrant Shocked at Her Workplace

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
How a too laid-back workplace drove a woman into isolation.

Can't Vacation? Here's the Science of How to Recharge Fast

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Feeling It
Minibreaks are undervalued but research says they're golden.

No-Face Day in the Cheery Workplace

Modern workplaces expect workers to be happy, and are developing ever-more sophisticated tools for making sure that employees are positive, engaged, and productive. But one Chinese company's "No-Face Day," in which employees were allowed to wear masks that excused them from the demand to be happy, suggests just how exhausting-- and unnecessary-- this can be.

Why Management Civility Increases Productivity

By Victor Lipman on July 12, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
Studies show that employees who are treated rudely perform worse on routine tasks.

4 Things to Do When Your Brain Is Tired

By Polly Campbell on July 09, 2015 in Imperfect Spirituality
Mental fatigue can make it hard to focus and manage our moods. But a few simple tips can help prevent this kind of brain drain.

The Sep-Con Articulation Process in Creativity

The sep-con articulation process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and Nobel laureates in the sciences. It consists of constructing or conceiving connection and functional separation concomitantly.The wide use in creativity, examples, and application do's and don'ts are specified.

Organizational Insights

Organizations are usually driven by a desire to cut errors and increase efficiency, and while these goals are important, they aren't enough. Organizations also need to foster discoveries. They can help workers adopt an Insight Stance by changing how they conduct progress reviews and how they react to conflicts and confusions.

How to Fix the Decline of Personal Productivity, Part 2

By Ray Williams on July 01, 2015 in Wired for Success
Part 2 of this article provides a number of practical suggestions on how you can deal with the problem and change your habits.

Your Commute Could Be Killing Your Happiness

If reducing your commute isn't an option, changing your attitude could combat the negative effects of a lengthy commute.

The Real Problem With Work

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on June 28, 2015 in Hidden Motives
Men and women suffer from the same problem on the job: too much work

4 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Slowing down can actually speed up your productivity. Minor lifestyle changes can go a long way to helping you work smarter, not not harder.

Procrastination 101: Determine the Source, Solve the Problem

Procrastination has many sources and determining your own goes a long way in putting procrastination to rest. Some of the common causes and their antidotes.

The Decline of Personal Productivity and How to Fix It

By Ray Williams on June 22, 2015 in Wired for Success
Productivity or the lack of it seems to be a widespread personal and organizational problem.

Lavender, Roses, and Oh So Much More

Health benefits of gardening indicate that it is worth the effort as an investment, not only for the beauty, but for augmented mental and physical health.

How to Get Unstuck

Have you ever felt stymied? Stuck in the mud on a problem or when you're trying to be creative? Here are some ideas to get you moving out of the muck and back on track.

9 Reasons You Procrastinate (and 9 Ways to Stop)

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on June 16, 2015 in Fearless You
Researchers tend to agree that the reason any particular individual procrastinates can vary. The best cure is usually to respond to whatever reason might be specific for you.

Five Reasons You Should Write a Book, Now

There are some surprising benefits to writing – even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer.

What It Really Means To Humanize Work

By Tim Leberecht on June 14, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Digital technologies have fomented a stressful culture of extreme connectivity, employee monitoring, and relentless efficiency pressures at work. Software is not only “eating the world,” it is also eating our spirits. And now the robots are coming....What can be done to unlock the future of the human workplace?

Get Your Groove Back in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on June 09, 2015 in Splitopia
When you’re in the fever pitch of crisis, you need to access your best self to survive it. Sociologist Christine Carter talks about her new book, and how cultivating ease can help in hard times such as divorce.

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment: How to get your direct reports to quickly tell you what they need from you, so both of you feel more effective. The Managers' Misstep and the VIVID tool are both explained.

How a Breakup Can Jumpstart Your Career

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 18, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Research suggests that a clean mental slate is essential for peak performance. Add on relationship baggage, and performance suffers.

A Grab Bag of Wisdom to Help You Enter Flow

You know those times when you aren't in the mood to write, but you want to get in the mood? Read some of these honest and insightful quotes from good writers to help ease your own transition into the headiness of a creative flow state.

After the Storm

By Frances Kuffel on May 12, 2015 in What Fat Women Want
Depression teaches helplessness and to really kick it in the ass, I have to get moving, despite my co-occurring social anxiety: moving with intent, with priority, with the knowledge that some of the social interactions called for will tire me, moving for the sake of my dog or someone else.

What Is Your Employee Quotient? Take The Test

It is important to know the qualities and characteristics that make the very best employees. Exemplary employees go well beyond their job descriptions and give extra effort. Are you one of them?

Communication From Boardroom to Bedroom

Communication between the sheets is as important as it is in professional settings. Intimately, sensual talk is of universal interest and curiosity. Lines of communication should be as open in the bedroom as they are in the boardroom. It is all about the art of transparency. Here are some reasons why transparency and open communication is vital in both scenarios.

The Causes of Laziness

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 06, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Understanding the causes of our sloth can help us to overcome it.

8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.

What's the Difference Between Procrastination and Laziness?

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 05, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Are you a procrastinator or just a lazybones?