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
Open office plans reduce productivity by increasing interruptions. Plus, workers tend to hate them. So why are they still so popular?… Read More Workers Hate Open Offices, So Why Do We Still Use Them?
In a study, students ironically produced better work when they were given suboptimal deadlines. Here’s why.… Read More How Deadlines Produce Better or Worse Results
Lack of sleep doesn’t affect all tasks equally. There are some things you can still do pretty well while sleep-deprived, and others you should avoid.… Read More Sleep-Deprived? You Can Still Be Productive, But You Have to Be Selective
I went looking for research on the best air temperature for workers and was appalled by how little good information I found.… Read More What’s the Ideal Office Temperature?
When allowed to work from home for nine months straight, a test group of employees became much more productive than their office-based counterparts. Why? And what are the limits of the effect?… Read More Productivity Increases 13 Percent in Work-From-Home Study
Late-night people earn 4 to 5 percent less than morning types and are disadvantaged in the workplace. Here’s why and what you can do about it.… Read More The Workplace is Rigged to Favor Morning People
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
What you do before work is not as important as why you do it.… Read More What the Most Productive People Do Before Breakfast Doesn’t Matter
What happens when we take time off that allows us to feel renewed and able to work again? … Read More Why and How Time Off Helps