Most of us will attribute burnout to tight deadlines, an angry boss, unpleasant coworkers, or simply having too much on our plates. But it seems the cause of job stress is a lot more complicated than working long hours. A study published in the Journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology found that home and social life are major contributing factors to job stress.
The desk facing a window or corner office with amazing views have always topped the list of things workers want most from their workspaces. But these views and exposure to natural light are a lot more important than a show of achievement — it’s become an issue of public health.
Most of us believe in the power of positive thinking — if we are optimistic about an outcome, we will achieve the desired end result. It turns out this might just be a myth. Research conducted by Gabriele Oettingen, a professor of psychology and the author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation, found that those who think positively are actually less likely to be successful in their chosen endeavour.
I am not a fan of mornings. Most people who know me know that I just don’t function well in the earlier hours of the day. I’ve slept through alarms, was late for every single morning class I ever took, and was known in my house for being super grumpy in the earlier hours of the day (often grunting my ‘hellos’). These are habits I am trying hard to change, but every morning is still a challenge. However, this could be hurting my productivity more than I think.
A psychology and behavioural professor at Duke University, Dan Ariely, says mornings is when people are their most productive.
We always hear the admonition to work on our weaknesses to be well-rounded individuals; however, if being ridiculously efficient at work is your goal, sharpen your strengths instead.
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