Our productivity cycles dictate when we should focus on our most difficult work and when we should slog off a bit and do tasks that require less brain power. There’s a corollary benefit of saving up your easy tasks, if you can manage to do them at a time of day when you allow for interruptions. Let… Read More Productivity Tip: Save Easy Tasks for When You’re Interrupted Most
Too distracted by political news to focus and get work done? It’s okay. I’ll tell you why. The answer starts with hot dogs.… Read More What 17,600 Calories Has to Do With Your Productivity
A seemingly obvious reason we procrastinate is because we lack motivation. Current theories say it’s something else, though.… Read More Why Are You Procrastinating? It’s Not Lack of Motivation
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?
It’s easy to believe that being in a good mood always makes us work better, smarter, and faster. But is that always the case?… Read More Does Being in a Good Mood Make Us More Productive?
Breaks generally help productivity, but the details such as what we should do during them, when we should take them, and how long they should last, are key. … Read More How Should You Schedule Your Breaks to Maximize Productivity?
The advice to quit email, whether that means getting rid of all internal company email or just quitting your email application while you’re working, more often than not meets a harsh reply: “No. I can’t.” Is there evidence that the advice is any good in the first place? And more importantly, when people have given… Read More Is Quitting Email Possible?
Quick switches away from your primary task could cost you more than 2 hours of distracted time. And that’s not per day. That’s per switch! What’s going on with task-switching, and is it as unproductive as it seems?… Read More How Much Time Do We Lose Task-Switching?
Why is email such a headache? Email is consistently named one of the biggest distractions, an unproductive waste of time for knowledge workers, and a huge source of stress. In this special series on email and productivity, I’ve highlighted several major problems with email that cause workers to hate it so much. I’ve already noted… Read More What’s Wrong With Email Part 4: False Sense of Urgency
Workers check their email a lot, but they don’t necessarily do anything with the messages when they check them, which causes a big loss in productivity.… Read More What Wrong With Email Part 3: We Check, But We Don’t Process