Demotivation: The death of Productivity


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With the percentage of people who dislike their job being over half, it is likely that you don’t wake up each day and race to work with a smile on your face. Moreover, it is possible that you may know someone who is a disengaged worker, meaning they are present at work but absolutely hating every minute of it. As a disengaged worker, productivity is low and work quality is at a minimum. But what causes people to experience these feelings? Below are four reasons you may be disgruntled with your job, and some solutions to sidestepping these discouraging practices.

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Do Open Offices Actually Kill Productivity?

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We hear it all the time. Open office space fosters creativity and innovation through increased communication amongst employees. Employees who work in open-office settings are happier workers, etc. According to a recent piece in the New Yorker by Maria Konnikova, this may not be the case.

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This Winter has Been Good for Productivity

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This winter has been cold. Yes, winter usually is, but this winter has been especially cold, icy and snowy. It has been the mother of all winters, and most of us are just happy that it’s almost over (I hope!). But, what has this extreme weather done for your productivity? Well, according to researchers from the Harvard Business School, the recent weather has been good for employee productivity.

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Study Shows Coworking is Good for Productivity

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Lithuania’s Hub Vilnius coworking space. (CC) Mindaugas Danys/Flickr

It’s official, coworking is good for you productivity. A study from the University of Michigan found that coworking helps freelancers, who are often isolated, become more productive.

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Why Getting a Dog is Good for Your Productivity

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Getting a pet is time consuming. It’s a responsibility many busy people avoid since it can take valuable time away from work.  But, you might have it all wrong. Getting a dog could be the best thing for your productivity (and it’ll make you pretty happy!).

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3 Ways to Instantly Become More Productive

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Productivity is the focus of everything I do. However, it may not be something you choose to pay attention to. By giving productivity some thought and consideration, you can streamline your day and create more free time and less stress. In a recent article, John Meyer, founder and CEO of Lemonly, highlighted eight tips to increasing productivity. Here are my favorite three.

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Is Waking Up Early the Answer to Your Productivity Problems?

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There seems to be a common perception that those who wake up early are more productive people. However, productivity expert Chris Bailey recently experimented with waking up at 5:30 AM each morning to see whether or not his productivity was affected by his early mornings.

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Accountability: The Motivation You Need

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Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfastrecently wrote about the effects of accountability on various tasks. Since humans are social creatures, we flourish under circumstances in which the group is excelling. We wish to keep up with everyone else, and when those around us are producing, we are inspired to do the same. For those of us who work on projects that are primarily solo-jobs, it can be helpful to have an accountability measure in place. Maybe a mentor checks in to review your progress, or maybe you create deadlines enforced by a friend or peer. Whatever it is, accountability can increase our motivation. Here are three ways to make an accountability group succeed.

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Smart Glass Technology Can Lift Moods Inside the Office

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It’s a nice sunny day, but you’re stuck indoors at the office, staring longingly at the ugly window blinds. Simply opening a window to get some daylight can do wonders for your mood and productivity. But, the outside air can increase energy costs and mess with the otherwise comfortable temperature in the room. A new advancement in glass technology might allow you to have it all.

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Productivity Lessons That Have Endured Through the Ages [Infographic]

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There are some life lessons that are timeless. They were taught to us by older generations and we are likely to continue the tradition and teach these same lessons to younger generations. The holds true for productivity lessons. The infographic below from project management software Wrike provides a few timeless productivity lessons.

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Get More Done by Doing Less

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Learning the art of doing less doesn’t mean giving up on certain aspects of your life or forgoing important tasks. In fact, you can do less and get more done. That’s right, it’s possible to have it all. Leo Babuta of Zen Habits has outlined how to do less and maximize your productivity.

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Ask Yourself These 5 Questions to Boost Productivity

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When it comes to being the most productive person you can be, there are certain question you can ask of yourself, and others, to ensure that your productivity is at a maximum. Meggin McIntoch covers ten of these productivity based questions, and their importance, in her recent article on the Just Whelmed blog. I’ll give a brief insight into the five most important questions to ask when considering whether or not an activity, task, job, responsibility, or commitment will allow you to flourish in productivity.

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