A healthy diet promotes good health, and employee wellness is tied so closely to worker efficiency that 77 percent of lost productivity is attributable to health-related issues, according to a recent study.Read More
In an ideal world, we’d all have jobs that match our personalities, skillsets and values. We’d feel challenged and inspired, and enjoy the company of our coworkers. But often times, this is not the case. Some of us end up in jobs that clash with our true nature, such as the introvert that works at the front desk of a busy hotel, or the extrovert who writes code in a too-quiet office. Others may disagree with company policies, or have trouble getting along with their coworkers.Read More
It’s no secret that happiness and health go hand-in-hand. If you have fewer aches and pains, you’ll feel happier, and if you’re happy, you’ll be able to cope with stress and not let it negatively affect your health. Studies have also shown that happiness can strengthen our hearts, boost our immune systems, help fight disease and lengthen our lives.Read More
Today is a somber day in my house, and at Ridiculously Efficient: On this day in 2014, my dad died, just 18 months after my mom died.
This time of year is always difficult, but over the last two years I’ve witnessed firsthand how catastrophic situations -- death, divorce, career changes and other major life events -- can eventually bring out the best in us.Read More
We all have those days where it seems impossible to focus. Sometimes it's because coworkers are constantly interrupting us. Other times our brains just seem to freeze. When we're feeling mentally drained or generally distracted, it's time to switch things up.Read More
You are meant to play a bigger game.
You’ve got bigger mountains to conquer, fiercer dragons to tame. More to do, share, be.
There’s so much more in you that I see. Maybe you even see it too, sometimes.Read More
The freelance economy (or gig economy) is taking over. What was once considered a side hustle is increasingly becoming full-time work. This is quickly changing the interactions between employer and employee as these traditional roles become client/contractor relationships. The infographic below from Rutgers University highlights how this economy of independent contractors is changing the business world.Read More
Gender equality in the workplace is, unfortunately, still a major issue in today's world. A woman has a lot more to consider when navigating her career -- Does she seem to aggressive? Does she seem too passive? Is she dressed appropriately? Will having a family mean opportunities will stop coming her way? Will she ever get paid the same as her male peers?Read More
Moving away from the traditional 8-hour workday is one of the biggest attractions of flexible and remote work. Sweden conducted experiments with a 6-hour workday in 2014, and this study found that creative and knowledge workers can benefit from a shorter workday. Amazon is conducting a similar experiment of their own by selecting a group of part-time employees to work 30-hour weeks.Read More
Jumping on a video call is not always as easy as it sounds. If you’ve ever streamed yourself live, you know that there’s quite a bit to take into consideration when firing up your feed. When it is your brand that is on display, it’s not always as simple as making sure the light is green and your audio is on. Whether it’s a Skype date with your boo or a million dollar web deal, it is critical to keep these ridiculously efficient tips in mind to keep your brand’s image on point.Read More
Apparently, if you want to be a highly efficient individual, you should start your day at 4 a.m. A recent report from the Wall Street Journal said that 4 a.m. is actually the most productive time of day. If I sound a bit incredulous, it's probably because I am. I am a natural night owl, so waking up at that hour is just not an option for me. However, WSJ's arguments are pretty convincing.Read More
Busywork is one of the biggest obstacles to being productive. Smaller, less important tasks fill your day until hours have passed and you haven't actually completed any meaningful work. One question to ask yourself about each of these tasks is, would anyone notice if you didn't complete it?Read More
Productivity tools, like project management software and to-do list apps, can be hugely beneficial to individuals and organizations alike. But it takes more than just using a productivity tool to actually become productive. As Maura Thomas recently pointed out on HBR, you need the productivity skills to make good use of the productivity tools.Read More
When your schedule starts to get away from you, it's hard to keep up. And the longer you let it go, the worse it gets. Until, one day, you feel as though you've totally lost all control over your time and schedule. Entrepreneur Marcus Whitney reached that boiling point a few years ago. Instead of drowning in it, h took a step back and took time out of his schedule for a few time management sessions. He outlined this change to Fast Company. Here are the highlights.Read More
This past weekend, I finally broke down and downloaded Pokemon Go. After a few days of play -- you know, just to see what the hype is all about -- I’ve identified and tested two great ways to stay productive while playing this kinda-addicting, augmented reality-enhanced gameRead More
Jobs are changing rapidly and, even in the next decade or so, we're going to see massive shifts in how people work and the nature of jobs in general. Part of this is because of the gig economy and surge of the side hustle. The other part will be due to technological advancements and, essentially, technology taking over the roles of humans in many situations. The one thing technology can't do, however, is form and nurture relationships.Read More
If you are constantly changing your sleep and eating habits, or have rotating work shifts, you could be more likely to have a stroke. A new study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine found that the constant change in daily routine makes it harder to maintain a regular 24-hour cycle.Read More