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

Three Tricks to Find Your Flow

By Christine L Carter Ph.D. on September 03, 2015 in Raising Happiness
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 in 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 in How To Do Life
We unpeeled the onion. Lessons were unearthed.

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Leader's Code
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 in 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 in Ambigamy
We all need ego-strokes, but how many? Here are five ideas for going on an affirmation diet, without starving.

Still Procrastinating? Here's Why!

Have you been procrastinating a little too much? Have been putting off your goals for a little too long? Most of us do, and here's why.

Why Income Inequality Threatens Democracy

By Ray Williams on August 12, 2015 in Wired for Success
Rising economic inequality is threatening not only economic progress but also the democratic political system in the U.S.

9 Signs Your Desire for Perfection Has Gone Too Far

There's a fine line between striving for excellence and demanding perfection.

Chasing Dreams or Avoiding Nightmares?

There are two kinds of achievers. Which kind should be? Which one will yield results faster?

47 Tips For Public Speaking

By Judy Carter on August 04, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Want to get paid to speak? Here are 47 tips, ideas, and insights I've compiled from some of the most successful speakers today that will help grow your business...

What Makes a Good Manager?

By Victor Lipman on August 04, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
This is an excerpt from my new book "The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World," which is being published today by Prentice Hall Press. Publishers Weekly has called it "an excellent resource for leaders who don't fit the mold." This section examines the role Type A and Type B personalities can play in managerial performance.

Addressing Your "Laziness"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
Ostensible laziness can be caused by any of five factors, each with its own cure.

Why We Feel Insecure, and How We Can Stop

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.