Got a minute?
Got a minute?
Could you wake up two hours earlier every day? Rachel Gillett at Fast Company tried it for a week, rising at 6:30 a.m. and tallying up the ways in which it improved her productivity and happiness, both in her personal life and at work -- plus, a few of the challenges involved in resetting her daily clock.
It's not news that many Americans don't take vacations -- or that they should. But at this time of year, it bears repeating: that last-minute getaway might mean the difference between doing your job well, and stumbling through the day with low energy and a bad attitude.
It used to be common to hear people say, "There just aren't enough hours in the day." Now, there's no point in wishing for an extra 60 minutes here or there; we know that our work would just expand, like a gas, to fit the shape of the container. The real secret to productivity isn't more time. It's using the time we have more efficiently.
Americans pride themselves on working long and hard. The idea, of course, is that all those hours add up to increased productivity. But what if working more doesn't necessarily translate into creating more?
We know a lot about our co-workers: what they like to eat and drink, what music they’re into, and what they like to read. In fact, these interests often become the basis of our workplace conversations. Maker of trendy eyewear Warby Parker noted a shared passion for reading amongst employees and decided to make book clubs an official component of the company’s culture. It’s been a win for everyone involved. Here’s why.
Do you feel like you need to do everything at work yourself, or it won't get done the right way? Chances are, you're overextending yourself, compromising both your productivity and your happiness in your career. So when should you pass the baton, and when should you keep running for the finish line?
It's an unfortunate fact of life: the times in your career when you need to be the most levelheaded are also the times when you're least likely to be feeling calm, cool, and collected. Whether it's a big presentation in front of colleagues from another office, or a scary meeting with the boss about a deliverable that didn't get delivered, dealing more positively with anxiety can mean the difference between turning a tricky situation to your advantage and making things worse.
If you're reading this over the weekend, you're probably procrastinating -- and most likely, not because you're already bored of family barbecues this early in the summer. No, odds are, you're working on the weekend again, despite promising yourself this wouldn't happen. How did you get here? Well, in part, it's because you're losing time to things you don't need to do.
Late last year, a Gallup poll found that U.S. workers are still almost as worried about being laid off, having their hours cut, or losing benefits as they were during the financial crisis of 2008-9. At the same time, many companies have spent the past few years asking workers to take on heavier loads, to make up for cut positions and hiring freezes. In short, a lot of people are putting in a lot of face time -- but unfortunately, working constantly isn't the same as working efficiently.
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