Unhealthy lunch options tend to be cheaper and faster than healthy alternatives, making them alluring during a busy workday. They feel efficient. Which is where our lunchtime decisions lead us astray. We save 10 minutes now and pay for it with weaker performance the rest of the day.
Here's how you can make smarter eating decisions.
No matter how engaged we are in an activity, our brains inevitably tire. And when they do, the symptoms are not necessarily obvious. We don’t always yawn or feel ourselves nodding off. Instead, we become more vulnerable to distractions.
Tiring over the course of the workday can’t be prevented. But it can be mitigated. Here's how.
Shifting our attention from one task to another, as we do when we’re monitoring email while trying to read a report or craft a presentation, disrupts our concentration and saps our focus.
Here are a few suggestions to help you stay on task.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at your desk? For many of us, checking email or listening to voice mail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people's priorities take center stage.
Fortunately, there's a smarter approach.
Psychologists haven’t pinned down exactly when our perception of time begins to accelerate, but they do offer a few interesting theories about why it happens.
The older we get, the less there is that feels truly new.
So what can we do to reverse the trend?
Studies show we spend more on flowers when romantic music is playing. We choose more expensive wine when listening to Vivaldi. We linger at restaurants with slow-tempo music, which leads us to order more food and run up a longer tab. So what do we know about the impact of Christmas music on holiday shoppers?