Open Offices — you either love them or hate them. Lately, it seems more and more people are turning against open office plans, saying they hinder productivity and overall work performance despite the collaborative atmosphere. Jason Feifer, senior editor at Fast Company, is one of those people. He makes a convincing argument as to why open offices are the wrong way to go, but he made one point that really stood out — in an open office you’re time is not your own.
There is a common misconception that time is moving faster today than it did in the past. This is obviously a fallacy, but why does it seem this way? The answer is simple — we have more things distracting us today than ever before. With smart devices, social media, and ever changing social situations, life seems to have shifted focus to surviving rather than living. However, with a good sense of time management, you can tackle these distractions and create free time, where you are able to be as distracted as you like. Efficiency expert Chris Hardwick offers some insight to how he juggles his extremely busy life.
There is one simple secret to making your entire day better, and all it requires is 20 minutes of your time. A study from the University of Georgia found that when sedentary adults began doing 20 minutes of low to moderate aerobic exercise three times a week, they felt more energized.
In his recent blog post, artist Oliver Wetter discusses his ability to turn feelings of demotivation into productivity. As an artist, Wetter feels a constant pressure to turn out quality art. Seeing the constant stream of quality art emerging around the world can be difficult for Wetter as an artist, but it also serves as motivational.
It is common knowledge that a nutritious lunch can spur afternoon productivity. Most of us think that stuffing a quick sandwich down our throats while staying at our desk is the best bet for staying productive, but recent studies prove otherwise.
Becoming productive is basically impossible if you can’t get control of your laziness. When something seems like it will just take too much effort, you’d much rather be sitting on the couch catching up on your favorite show. It’s okay to have lazy days, but these days can snowball until you’ve procrastinated so much that your to-d0 list is several pages long. Below are five ways you can conquer your laziness to become more productive.
Many of us know the feeling. You get done with a Skype call with your boss and your brain is fried. Through the course of a 45-minute call, you discussed the new marketing campaign you’re heading, the emerging markets you will be focusing on, and how you will gain market share. You nailed every answer, and feel confident about the new project. Unfortunately, you now have to write an important memo to your coworkers, which your boss wants out in an hour. Bad timing.
Many tall tales surround the Spanish workday. A friend told me that it’s not uncommon to take a 2-hour lunch following a morning coffee break. From a productivity stand point, this is a nightmare. A recent CNN article says this work format is in fact a nightmare for the workers as well, and blames the entire issue on the country’s time zone.
Clutter consumes us. From our messy desks to our closets full of clothes we’ll never wear, we clutter our lives with things that we have some sort of attachment to. However, this clutter gets in the way of our focus and how well we process information.
More and more people are choosing to work remotely because working out of an office just isn’t very appealing. More importantly, people don’t seem to actually be able to get any work done at the office. Jason Fried, the co-founder of 37signals (the company behind Basecamp), discusses how organizations can make offices more productive in a TED Talk.
Pharrell Williams wears many hats. He is a musician, producer and songwriter who is also the founder of i am OTHER, a creative philanthropic movement. He is involved in two fashion labels, a not-for-profit and a music creation platform. Clearly, he has mastered the art of being Ridiculously Efficient. And, he has one simple secret to his productivity — he doesn’t give in to stress.
Time is a funny thing. One minute you’re working on blog post and the next thing you know you’re on YouTube watching videos of adorable puppies. The smallest of distractions can send us into a vortex of wasted time, all while we somehow think we’re still working. Toggl is a new way to help you track your time and can easily be used to figure out how you really spend your day.
Older workers make more productive employees than their younger counterparts. A new study from the Brookings Institute says older workers are more productive because they make more money.