Deviating from a prescribed order for some tasks can increase productivity. Other times, it merely tricks you into feeling more productive.… Read More Consequences of Reordering Tasks
Here’s what’s wrong with the soundbite about boredom counterintuitively increasing productivity.… Read More Does Doing Nothing Cure Procrastination?
Don’t trip up your employees with this illogical conclusion about motivation and incentives.… Read More There’s a Catch to Incentives and Motivation
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
Motivation is a huge part of personal productivity. How can we get anything done at all if we are not driven to do it? In popular articles about motivation (and by “popular,” I mean non-research backed), the emphasis is on what you can do to increase your motivation. People want quick, actionable solutions. It makes… Read More In Search of Motivation
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
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
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?
Not knowing what reward you might get for a task could encourage you more than a sure thing.… Read More How Uncertainty Motivates Us
Pictures of adorable kittens, clips of your favorite comic doing a stand-up set, and even a little free chocolate can boost productivity. By how much? More than you probably think.… Read More Can Kittens, Comedy, and Chocolate Boost Productivity?