We’ve all been hearing about this decision fatigue that causes us to tire, produce mediocre work an make unsound decisions. The simple way to combat this is to rid your life of the many small decisions you make in your day, like what to eat and what to wear, with the help of routines.
Being happy is one of the most important factors in being productive. Your overall outlook on life has a huge impact on how efficient your are. How you think is incredibly important, sometimes even more so than what you think. Do you focus on the positive aspects or the negative? Are you on a journey to be a success, or are you successful because you are on that journey?
It turns out Mondays aren’t so bad after all. A new study from the UK conducted by Microsoft Office found that workers are most productive on Monday mornings.
Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer thrives on an unfinished to-do list. In the last 18 months, Mayer has managed to double the company’s stock and has increased its number of mobile employees by five times. Yahoo even managed to register more web traffic in the U.S. than Google this past July, which hadn’t happened since 2011. It seems she is doing something right, and a lot of it comes down to her to-do list.
A regular calendar has us looking at our time as a grid. But time flows–hour into hour, day into day–and it helps to be able to see how much time you have in between meetings, projects and deadlines. That’s why Jeff Schwarting designed The Linear Calendar.
Filmmaker Shane Salerno is famous for working on multiple projects at the same time. With his recent Salinger project, Salerno created a TV series of Salinger, a theatrical documentary of Salinger, and released a book to accompany the two digital versions. The idea of working on three major projects like this absolutely blows me out of the water, but for Salerno, it’s exhilarating and necessary for him to not feel bored. Salerno recently shared three tips concerning productivity in the workplace.
Now, more than ever, our world is online. With more than 80 “things” per second connecting to the internet, it seems our days can be lost in the madness of personal websites, news, blogs, and YouTube hits. In the past I have posted articles about down time and how it affects your productivity. I return to this subject only because I see it as one of the most important things professionals deal with on a daily basis.
There are 24 hours in a day and a traditional job has most people working for eight of those hours. But it turns out people spend most of their time being distracted and only about three hours being productive.
Sitting in an office all day can have you dreaming about going on a nature hike, or even just spending any amount of time outdoors. Instead of daydreaming, bring nature to you with the help of desk plants.
Productivity remains an idealistic view of how you want your work life to be if you aren’t organized. JoAnn Corley authored Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed to help people learn and maintain the skills they need to get organized, which in turn helps to reduce stress. Corley tells us how solopreneurs and entrepreneurs can make use of these tips to become more productive.
Author Greg McKeown found himself spending his nights anxious and awake while writing his first solo book. However, as someone who was writing a book titled Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, he knew he had to find a way to write his book without “being stressed out for a year.” What he needed was more time and space to focus, which would help him decrease his stress while increasing his productivity. So, he entered Monk Mode.
Working long hours is a drag. Not only does it take time away from friends and family, it also leads to being over-stressed which thus leads to an increased risk of depression, heart attack and heart disease. If that’s not enough to make you rethink your hours, working too much can also impair your cognitive function.