A short article in The Economist about problems with Spain’s work hours suggests that if the Spaniards were in the “right” time zone, according to GMT standards, its productivity would increase. Plenty of research in recent years shows that the later the sun sets, the lower the productivity of a place. Researchers in the U.S. and elsewhere… Read More How Time Zones Botch Productivity
No one can be 100 percent productive all the time. Understanding how and why we burn out leads to a higher valuation of time off.… Read More Why We Burn Out
They’re always busy, yet they never seem to get anything real done. What makes most managers so bad, and how can you not be one of them?… Read More 90 Percent of Managers Are Unproductive
Morning people earn 4 to 5 percent more than night owls, but that could all change under flexible work hours.… Read More The Case for Night Owls and Flexible Work Hours
I’ve been digging deep into the research on adjustable height desks. Writers/journalists, PR representatives, and even some researchers are claiming that sit-stand desks make us more productive. They don’t. I debunked the claim in a Fast Company piece called The Truth About Standing Desks and Productivity. Adjustable height desks are workstations that allow you to… Read More How Long to Sit or Stand at Work
How to look at productivity research in an age of personalized data.… Read More ‘The Data Don’t Apply to Me!’ or Hoping for Personalized Data in an Age of Science
When reports say that people are more productive under different conditions, what’s actually being measured to prove it?… Read More What Do Productivity Studies Measure?
Is there any truth to the idea that we should make the most of mornings?… Read More Are We More Productive in the Morning?
Meetings kill our productivity, or so we’ve been told. But a closer look at the evidence may prove that we should be shouldering more of the blame.… Read More What If Meetings Aren’t the Problem? What If We Are?
Estimates of hours worked, time spent sleeping, and minutes put into household chores are no where near accurate. Not knowing how we spend our time makes it impossible to be in control of it. What can we do about that?… Read More We Are Terrible at Knowing How We Spend Our Time