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

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Why Corporate Offices Should Take Cues From College Campuses

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Spotting Opportunity
Tired of the Cube Farm? How college campus design can influence smarter offices.

Are You in the Power Zone?

How often do you feel you’re hitting your power zone at work? We’ve all had these moments (even if they were fleeting), but can you intentionally create more of them?

How to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking

How to conquer the fear of public speaking once and for all.

Why Are We Scared of Public Speaking?

Why are we so scared of public speaking?

What’s Your Ideal Wellbeing Day?

Let’s face it, the reality is most workplaces can make it hard to have your ideal day very consistently. But what if small ideal moments done often could improve your wellbeing?
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Should You Announce Your Hearing Loss at Meetings?

By Shari Eberts on November 06, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Should you announce your hearing loss at meetings? Absolutely. Self-advocacy helps you get the job done.
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Treat the Chart, Not the Patient

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Here's why your doctor became a data entry technician.

Key Management Skills For the Increasingly "Agile Workforce"

By Victor Lipman on November 01, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
With fewer employees and more freelancers, the character of the workforce is rapidly changing. If communication is king in this increasingly remote environment, clarity is queen.

Four Organizing "Sins" to Start Committing on Purpose

Computer science can improve our psychological health by absolving us from the guilt of being disorganized.

Why Solitude Is Good and Loneliness Is Bad

By Ray Williams on October 31, 2017 in Wired for Success
While loneliness is becoming an epidemic, the value of solitude is unappreciated

How to Maximize Your Productivity

By John Kim, LMFT on October 30, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Because everyone's an entrepreneur today!

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Everyday Life

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 25, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
We criticize athletes who use PEDs, but many people everywhere "self-medicate" to help them study, perform, sleep, have sex, stay awake, and lose weight, among other pursuits.

How Do Leaders Deal With Disruption? Make New Maps

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Struggling to keep pace with the speed of change? By reframing our worlds, we can lead change instead.

Stop and Smell the Roses

5 steps to stop letting the rush rule win and start turning your attention to what’s along the way.

Does Cutting Taxes Sap Productivity?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The bigger the government, the more productive the workers.

Why Are So Many Millennials Pursuing Side Hustles?

By Mariana Plata on October 11, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
Is side hustling the new trend? This is why millennials are choosing to pursue it. Spoiler alert: it's not about the money.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill

Do You Have an Inner Taskmaster? How Can You Tell?

Having an inner taskmaster is a mixed blessing. It can offer you various advantages. But it can also be an oppressive force, keeping you from experiencing many of life’s joys.

How Do We Value Time?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
A revolution is coming! Tech is not only disrupting traditional industries, it is fundamentally changing the basis of our economy and the value of being human.

The Good Leader

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
What makes a good leader? Understanding why you may have a subpar feeing about work.

Americans’ Reluctance to Take Time off from Work

There is a reason for vacations as there is a reason the human body needs sleep.The body and mind need time to recover and repair from the continuing demands of daily life.

Beyond Grit: Up Close and Personal with Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Thicken Your Skin
You want to do your best, but do you know how?

Why We Need To Structure Our Days Differently Than We Think

Are you using your brain as effectively as you could be? A few changes can go a long way.

Should You "Write First, Edit Later"?

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is "write first, edit later," but does this work for everybody?

Recognition Is Easy, So Why Do We Make It So Hard?

By Victor Lipman on September 05, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Employee recognition is a fundamental but often overlooked aspect of management. It's common for employees to feel their best efforts are routinely ignored.

Writing Your Own “Ulysses Contract”

By Bruce Grierson on September 02, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
In the gig economy, there's no mean boss standing in your doorway demanding the goods. YOU have to find the mojo yourself.

A Little-Known Cause of Burnout

By Caroline Beaton on September 01, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Boredom and burnout are correlated.

How To Make Turning Points More Likely In Your Life

Do you wish your life had a sudden beneficial turning point? A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

Three Science-Based Reasons Vacations Boost Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Feeling It
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.
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Did You Have a Productive Summer?

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Why do we feel that we have to produce something, like an egg squeezed from a chicken, to justify three months of life?