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 Surprising Ways Nature Leads to Success and Joy

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Feeling It
Green spaces boost happiness, make you smarter and more creative. So many science-backed reasons to go take a hike!

Women, Men and Mentoring

Mentors can often give you the advantage of behind-the-scene operations and decisions in the making. A mentor is a go-to person when times are difficult.

How to Succeed in Life...Ideally, on Your Own Terms

In my third of three posts on defining success for yourself, I look at what the academic world considers to be success and how this can relate to your career as well.

Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

Must We Delay Gratification? Maybe Not

By Lydia Denworth on June 21, 2017 in Brain Waves
Intuition tells us to work first so we'll enjoy playing more later. But new research says we don't have to wait to savor some fun and give ourselves a break.

Defining Success for Yourself

In the first of three posts, I discuss the importance of determining what success means for you, whatever your field of endeavor is (or what you want it to be).

Four Steps to Leveraging Mundane Moments to Find Purpose

Been thinking about leaving your "boring" job? Major shifts are not always the answer to finding meaning in life. Learn the art of mindfulness and finding purpose in the mundane.
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New Thinking Required: Oil, Cars, and Walking

Cars changed us. How will we change cars?
Sara Canaday

Cognitive Diversity

By Sara Canaday on June 18, 2017 in You (According to Them)
What does the concept of cognitive diversity mean? When leaders surround themselves with people who "constantly validate and reflect their own beliefs," it stifles fresh thinking.

How to Stop Procrastinating Now

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in Adaptation
There is hope for those of us who, like Herman Melville, need to be chained to our desks to actually complete a piece of work.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

By Ray Williams on June 16, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything we've experienced before.

100 Studies Show This Simple Technique Doubles Productivity

By Al Pittampalli on June 15, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
Struggling to reach your goals? Try this simple 5-minute exercise.

Addiction In The Workplace 101: What You Need to Know

More than 75 percent of individuals with alcohol or illicit drug use disorders continue to maintain their employment.

Why Should We Slow Down? The Lost Art of Patience

Technology allows us to get things done quickly, and we love our smartphones. But slowing down might make you happier and healthier, and also more productive in the long run.

What Perks and Benefits Do Employees Want Most?

By Victor Lipman on June 10, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
A new survey on summer perks and benefits finds significant mismatches between employee desires and company offerings.

Productivity Secrets of an Influential Young Scotsman

Here's how passion, action, and reason work together to help you get things done.

Why Millennials Are Obsessed With Self-improvement

By Caroline Beaton on May 29, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Millennials may be perceived as narcissistic, lazy, entitled and fragile, but we're more determined to improve ourselves than the generations calling us that.

How to Get Work Done in a Politically Charged Office

Read these tips to stay sane and productive while avoiding political dialogue.

Take a Walk!

Want to feel—and be—better mentally and physically? Dig out your sneakers and go for a stroll.

Biological Intelligence

What ultimately will succeed—biological intelligence or artificial intelligence?

Survey: Startups With Female Founders Perform Best

By Victor Lipman on May 03, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
New research shows that female-founded startup companies outperform their male-founded counterparts. What factors are driving these results?

Invest 5 Minutes, Enjoy a Wealth of Well-Being

By Meg Selig on May 01, 2017 in Changepower
Can you change your life for the better in minutes? Yes! These 5 research-based activities have a magical power to make you healthier and happier in only 5 minutes.

Build Trust and Productivity With a Simple Conversation

By Peter Bregman on April 24, 2017 in How We Work
Are your words building trust and enabling your colleagues to do their best work?

How Do Work Breaks Help Your Brain? 5 Surprising Answers

By Meg Selig on April 18, 2017 in Changepower
Work smarter. Take a break! Discover 5 reasons why work breaks can lift your productivity, creativity, and motivation...as well as your spirits.
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How About Writing Confessional Poetry?

By Diana Raab PhD on April 17, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Have you always wanted to write a poem, but don't know how to begin? Do you have a secret or confession to write about? April as National Poetry Month is a good time to start.

How Much Does Homework Matter in Therapy?

By Joel Minden, Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in CBT and Me
What research reveals about the work you do outside of therapy sessions.
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Mental Health in the Workplace

Think employee recognition doesn't matter? Think again.

Why and How You Should Take Breaks at Work

It’s wise for employers to support brief rest periods for workers, too.

Quicker

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 01, 2017 in How To Do Life
Many of life's time-sucking tasks needn't take that long.

Spring Clean Your Space, Your Stuff and Your Life

Spring is the perfect time to clear out clutter, not just in your space but across your whole life.