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

Mindfulness Practices in 5 Minutes or Less

7 simple mindfulness exercises you can do every day.

Can Healthy Living Reduce Cancer Risk? (Part One of Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Media Spotlight
According to available statistics, roughly fourteen million people worldwide were newly diagnosed with cancer in 2012 alone. That same year saw about eight million cancer deaths. How many of those deaths might have been prevented using available medical knowledge about cancer risks? And how many more cancer deaths can we expect over the next three decades?

Work-Life Balance is Dead

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on March 27, 2015 in Glue
Technology has made work-life balance obsolete. Here's why we should aim for work-life integration instead.

Three Reasons to Not (Always) Trust

The kind of trust that builds good work relationships has conditions, boundaries, and limits. But, do you know them? Do you understand when not to trust?

Work Meetings in a Bar?

Holding work meetings in a bar disadvantages some people

Why Creatives Succumb to Bedtime Procrastination

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
No external boss means we must self-monitor sleep habits.

Adolescent Excellence and Managing High Expectations

When parents either support or encourage their teenager to have high personal performance expectations, they also need to provide guidance about how to manage their feelings when these outcomes are not met, as will sometimes occur.

The Urge to Connect

A 3 billion year perspective on where the human race is headed

Yes, You Should Get Paid to Watch Basketball at Work

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Glue
Think watching basketball on the job is a waste of company time? Think again.

The 4 Secrets to Increasing Your Team's Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Feeling It
Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement It

Scalding Live Chickens Is an Accepted Brutal Business Model

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Nicholas Kristof's NYTimes essay "To Kill a Chicken" is a must read. It begins: "IF you torture a single chicken and are caught, you’re likely to be arrested. If you scald thousands of chickens alive, you’re an industrialist who will be lauded for your acumen." I leave it to you to decide whether to read it, but be assured that when you eat chicken you're eating pain.

Procrastination Part I: Why You Do It

Procrastination: Why You Do It; What To Do About It. Procrastination is often used to manage struggles with self-esteem. By Jane Burka Ph.D. and Lenora Yuen, Ph.D.

How Music Can Help You Get Ahead, The Right Way

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on March 13, 2015 in The New You
Music can often boost, or hurt, performance. So what do professionals and athletes need to know about the benefits and traps of using music to motivate?

The 'Other' Marshmallow Test

The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.

7 Tips for Improved Productivity in Adult ADHD

Do you have ADHD and Trying to Get More Focused....

5 Mind-Body-Behavior Practices That Can Change Your Life

By practicing these research-supported actions in your emotional life, physical actions and behavior, you can enhance your overall health and wellbeing.

The Brave New World of Connectional Intelligence

By Tim Leberecht on March 09, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Connectional intelligence highlights an evolution that has been quietly taking place across workplaces all over the world—just like traditional intelligence is “out,” so is the old way of working. It’s a whole new world in more ways than one; there’s less emphasis on conventional hierarchies, more on reshaping office environments and workdays for improved collaboration.

Too Many Dull Moments

Now that the end of winter is near, shake off your winter blues! Here are a few easy and useful suggestions of things you can do today to help kick your boredom to the curb and shift your life into higher gear right!

Gamify Your Life

Computer games make it fun to confront obstacles. Wouldn't it be great if your real-life obstacles were as much fun to tackle? Now there are tools that "gamify" everyday life, to tap into the motivating power of computer games.

Creativity and Mental Illness

Creating and creativity are healthy processes in contradiction to contentions such as those of Kay Jamison and Nancy Andreasen and others who have carried out weak research purportedly showing connections between creativity and mental illness.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Sleuths

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 07, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
People who ponder puzzles, whether writers, investigators, photographers, or physicians, will benefit from turning these skills into habits.

5 Key Tips for Finding Happiness at Work

Five key findings from the VIA Institute about bringing character strengths to work, including grow more from using your strengths rather than improving your weaknesses; connect character strengths with your everyday work tasks; and more!

The Strengths Revolution Transforming Our Workplaces

A decade ago only 2 out of every 10 people reported they had the opportunity to what they do best each day at work, new data shows this number has risen by 50%. What's changing in our workplaces and what benefits are employees, managers and organizations seeing as result?

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

We can't get rid of all the stress in our lives, but we can choose to increase our resilience to stress. Building mental strength protects us from the harmful physical and psychological toll stress can take.

What's Your Meditation Type? (+ 5 Best Meditation Apps)

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 in Feeling It
Scientists and the popular press have touted the benefit of meditation. Here's how to find the type that's right for you.

Are Multi-Tasking Employees Present at Work?

By Nanette Fondas on March 05, 2015 in WorkLife Matters
Presence versus productivity may well be the defining challenge of the 21st century workplace.

Negative Emotions, Anyone?

By Sandeep Gautam on March 04, 2015 in The Fundamental Four
In a recent post Todd claimed that intentionally creating or prolonging negative emotions/states may be healthy; I present a counterpoint.

A Heart That Is Ready for Anything

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Finding True Refuge
There’s a bright light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home, and we’re never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from ocean.

Adolescent Self-Management for a Successful Independence

A major goal of parenting high school age adolescents is helping them develop basic skills of self-management that will support more independence soon to come.

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Resilience

By Peg Streep on March 02, 2015 in Tech Support
When we speak of someone being "resilient," we tend to think of it as a character strength. But what is resilience anyway, and what does it take to weather the setbacks in life? A look at the research reveals much...