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.
My top reasons why: [Read more…]
Today’s always-on work culture can sometimes feel like we’re slacking off if we’re not available 24/7. But to be ridiculously efficient, we’ve got to find ways to rebel against this paradigm, reset expectations and aggressively protect downtime so that we can free up our evenings.
What follows is the best method I’ve found to reset expectations with clients and coworkers. [Read more…]