Procrastination is one of those things that always seems to be brought on by a list of excuses we tell ourselves. Sometimes it’s because we are perfectionists, at other times we will blame a project’s disorganization. While there might be some truth, our excuses are usually just that — a means to get us out of doing something we just don’t want to do. One of the reasons for procrastination often gets overlooked, but is probably the most common culprit, and it’s as simple as our mood
Work days tend to split between two different modes. The first is when you feel super productive and fly through tasks. Other days, you feel you aren’t as productive and would rather spend your time observing, researching or curled up on the couch. However, one is not any better than the other, they are simply different parts of your own process. And by identifying your process, you can learn how to take your productivity to the next level.
Taking notes on a laptop is undoubtedly faster, easier and more convenient than using pen and paper, but a recent study suggests that longhand is much better if you want to actually remember some of those notes. A recent paper published in the journal Psychological Science found that those who took longhand notes performed better on quizzes than those who took notes on their laptop, even when there was no Internet connection.
A large percentage of American workers won’t take a vacation, even though they are given paid time-off by employers. This really isn’t news, but many of us have always wondered why. The answer is because American workers are simply too scared and stressed out to go on vacation.
A recent survey from the US Travel Association and market research firm GfK found that about 40 percent of Americans will not be using all of their paid vacation days this year. The survey polled 1,303 workers, which includes 235 senior business leaders.
This is a guest post by Alison Stanton.
Whether you own your own business or get the chance to telecommute through your regular job, the number of people working from home has increased in recent years. As Global Workplace Analytics notes, telecommuting has increased almost 80 percent since 2005, and Forbes notes that just over half of small businesses are home-based. While working from home has a lot of perks — from more flexible schedules and fewer distractions to cutting back on commuting costs and more — like any job, there will be days when it’s hard to find the motivation and energy to get everything done.
The following four tips will help home-based workers naturally boost their energy and help make their days as productive as possible: