How “aroused” do you have to be to get a job done well? “Aroused,” in this context, means incentivized or motivated, of course, not sexually aroused. Still, it’s an interesting question, and the answer could change how you get work done. Two researchers, Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson, worked on this idea back… Read More Don’t Get Too Aroused or You Might Blow It!
When you’re having a truly unproductive day, it may be worth your while to quit and let that day go, rather than force yourself to try and eke something out of it. Here’s some interesting research that shows people are terrible at thinking about their productivity in the long term and instead focus too much… Read More Feeling Unproductive? Quitting Could Be the Best Option
Habits are hard to form and difficult to break. Most people want to form good habits, such as exercising regularly, studying a language for 30 minutes a day, or making progress every week on a personal project. Wouldn’t life be easier if we knew how to stimulate or control habit formation for all the positive… Read More Can We Force Good Habits to Stick?
Can we trick humans into doing what they should do the same way we house-break dogs?… Read More How Productivity is Like Puppy Potty Training: Temptation Bundling